Republican front-runner Donald Trump won big in his home state primary in New York. On Tuesday evening, April 19, 2016, Trump won with over 60 percent of the vote and shutting out his main rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz. With his win in New York, taking the majority of the delegates up grab, Trump made it impossible for Cruz to win the nomination before the Republican National Convention Cleveland. Still his opponents are vowing to stay in the race until the conventions in July. Trump’s victory won the battle as USA Today pointed out but not the war as he still does not have enough delegates to be considered his party’s presumptive nominee.
With 94 percent of the precincts reporting on the Republican side, Trump won by a wide margin over his next competitor. Trump has 60.5 percent of the vote, followed by Ohio Governor John Kasich with 25.1 percent and Texas Senator Ted Cruz a distant third with 14.5 percent. After reaching the 50 percent threshold Trump won all 14 statewide delegates, he needs to win over 50 in each Congressional district to be able to sweep the remaining delegates. New York has 95 GOP delegates up for grabs. It is estimated that Trump will win 89 of the delegates, and Kasich gets three delegates. Cruz, on the other hand, missed the 20 percent threshold required to be awarded any delegates.
Trump gave his victory speech from the Trump Towers in Manhattan. Trump sounded presidential, and he was more gracious in his tone. Trump entered to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” and was surrounded by his family. The front-runner relished his big win, saying, “”I have to say to the people that know me the best, the people of New York, when they give us this kind of a vote and it’s just incredible. We’re going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected even in their wildest imaginations. We’re going to go into the convention I think as the winner.”
Still Trump pointed out his rivals cannot beat his delegate count. Trump declared, “We don’t have much of a race anymore, based on what I’m seeing on television. Sen Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated. We have won millions more votes than Sen Cruz. Millions and millions more votes than Gov. Kasich.”
Trump can clinch the nomination outright if he wins the majority of delegates from next week’s contests in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, and also New Jersey and California in early June. Trump s currently leading the poll in those states. Cruz and Kasich have no clear path of winning the nomination before the convention and they could only do so after a second ballot at a contested convention.
Senator Cruz spoke from Philadelphia after his defeat, vowing he can win the nomination because 2016 is the “year of the outsider.” Cruz expressed, “I’m so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months, and it has nothing to do with a politician winning his home state… We must unite the Republican Party because doing so is the first step toward uniting all Americans. Let us unite on the things that have always made us great.”
Kasich’s campaign also seemed optimistic after a better than expected showing which only garnered three delegates. The Kasich campaign released a memo stating, “Donald Trump’s only chance is on the first ballot. After that, a number of his delegates will move to us on the second ballot, and Gov. Kasich will ultimately prevail because he is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton.” Comments based on Kasich strong showing in hypothetical general election matchups.
After the New York primary, the updated Republican delegate count includes Trump in the lead with 844 delegates, Cruz with 543 delegates, and Kasich with 147 delegates. There 734 Republican delegates still up for grabs, and 1,237 are needed to clinch the nomination.