Donald Trump delivers strong blow to Kasich and Cruz

Donald Trump sweeps Amtrak Primaries

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump won all five races on Super Tuesday bringing him closer to the necessary 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Trump swept Cruz and Kasich in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  In the process, he inflicted serious blows on the legitimacy of claims by rivals Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich that he should be deprived of the nomination.

Cruz and Kasich, who have formed a loose alliance to try to block Trump in future contests, are hoping to pick up some delegates after Tuesday’s primaries, but their totals will likely be minimal in the wake of Trump’s landslide wins. Trump said during his victory rally that he would beat the Democrat easily, and that the only thing she has going for her is “the women’s card … If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote.”

Cruz, headed for a third-place finish behind Kasich in many of Tuesday’s contests, dismissed the results even before they were announced, reminding supporters in Indiana that the northeast is Trump’s home region. The Texas senator said his campaign now “moves back to more favorable terrain,” starting next week in Indiana and ending June 7 in California.

Both Trump and Clinton, who also scored primary wins Tuesday, began turning toward each other over the prospect of a fall election battle. Clinton said Trump is dividing the nation, while Trump said “Crooked Hillary” would be a weak president. Trump called for Republican unity behind his candidacy, though Cruz and Kasich have vowed to continue fighting up until the convention opens July 18 in Cleveland.

Cruz, speaking before polls closed — in a clear sign that he expected a bad night — slammed the media for what he said was a premature judgment that the general-election nominees would be Clinton and Trump. He branded them “New York liberals.” Anti-Trump political action committees also vowed to soldier on. “Even if the media yearns to declare this race over, the path to 1,237 delegates remains narrow for Trump, and he just left the most favorable part of the map for him in the northeast,” said Rory Cooper, a senior adviser for the organization #NeverTrump

Cruz, who has challenged Trump to a debate in Indiana, told a local radio station he will tell Hoosier State residents that a vote for Trump now amounts to a vote for Clinton in the fall. Cruz said Trump is running “a Kim Kardashian campaign,” one that is “based on yelling and screaming and cursing and insults.”

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