Ending several weeks of setbacks in their respective campaigns, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton delivered a strong election statement in their home state, as each won the New York Primary by a convincing margin, as both try to get back on course to win their party nominations, which would set up a clash between the two in November.
“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said to supporters in New York, as his backers hope for a repeat next week, with primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.
It was the first time that Trump had won a majority of a state’s vote, as he cruised to victory with over 60 percent in his home state.
In fact, Trump only lost one county in all of New York – his home county of Manhattan, where John Kasich was able to win, as the Ohio Governor gained his first delegates since winning his home state more than a month ago.
The bottom line was simple – this was a big win for Trump, as he won all but one county and all but one of New York’s 27 Congressional districts.
As for Ted Cruz – it was not a good night, as he was shut out on the delegate scoreboard in the Empire State.
Cruz now joins Kasich in being mathematically unable to get to 1,237 delegates on a first ballot at the Republican convention – Trump is the only GOP candidate who can do that, but there is still no guarantee that he will win the nomination.
Worse for Cruz was that in just one night, Trump made up all the ground that Cruz had made up in the last few weeks, by concentrating on delegates in states like North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.
Clinton wins handily over Sanders
While Trump won his home state, so too did Hillary Clinton, as she and her supporters made the case that it is time for Bernie Sanders to move on, and make Clinton the presumptive nominee.
Clinton won by over 15 points, as she rolled up big numbers in the New York City area and out on Long Island.
As for Sanders, he told supporters in an email that he wasn’t giving up, saying, “We do have a path to victory.”
But there were rumblings from within the Sanders campaign about the future; senior adviser Tad Devine told the Associated Press that Sanders will assess the situation after the April 26 primaries.
“We have to win most of the states. We have to win enough delegates to make up the difference,” Devine told the AP.