Trump rolls to victory in New York pprimary
Donald Trump destroyed both Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the New York primary. Early results showed Trump on track to cross a crucial threshold: 50 percent support. If he clears it, he’ll automatically win a batch of 14 delegates to the Republican National Convention, but it he falls short, Cruz and Kasich may pick off support of their own, which could block Trump from an outright victory.
The New York City billionaire’s big victory in his home state gave him renewed momentum in the Republican race and pushed him closer to the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. Trump had more than 60 percent of the vote with about 40 percent counted, easily beating rivals Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and Ohio Governor John Kasich and putting him in position to possibly win most or all of the state’s 95 delegates. Trump held a victory speech following the decisive win.
We don’t have much of a race anymore based on what I’m seeing on television,” Trump told cheering supporters at a victory party at his Trump Tower in Manhattan. “We are really, really rocking.”
Trump said his New York win would make it almost mathematically impossible for Cruz to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the party’s national convention in July. Cruz, Kasich and establishment forces in the party have been trying to keep Trump from winning on the initial ballot. If Trump does not secure enough delegates needed to win the nomination on the first ballot at the July 18-21 conclave in Cleveland, delegates would be allowed to switch to other candidates.
Across-the-board dominance in New York would keep alive Trump’s narrow chance to reach 1,237 delegates and clinch the GOP nomination without a bruising multi-round convention. Cruz has been running the table at lower-profile, local delegate contests in an attempt to stack the convention with loyalists, should it take more than one vote to resolve, so Trump is feverishly working to score a first-ballot victory.
The win at home is validating for Trump. The last time the mogul tasted victory in a primary was after his romp in Arizona on March 22. After a brief nod toward party unity, Trump has spent recent weeks in open conflict with Republican leaders around the country, accusing them of rigging the convention process against him.