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
1237 delegates needed to win the nomination.
front-runner Hillary Clinton also won in New York, which she once
represented in the US Senate, blunting the momentum of rival Bernie
Sanders and taking a big step toward wrapping up the nomination.
victories for Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton in one of the biggest state
nominating contests so far set up both front-runners for strong
performances next Tuesday, when they are expected to do well in five
other north-eastern state primaries.
Trump had more than 60 percent of the vote with about 40 percent
counted, easily beating rivals Ted Cruz, a US 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 could win all of the delegates if his vote total is above 50
percent statewide and in each of the state's congressional districts.
don't have much of a race anymore based on what I'm seeing on
television," Mr Trump told cheering supporters at a victory
party at his Trump Tower in Manhattan. "We are really, really
Trump hands in his board of election card as he votes in New York's
primary. Photo: AFP
Trump entered the New York contest with 756 delegates, while Mr Cruz
had 559 and Mr Kasich had 144, according to an Associated Press
count. The count includes endorsements from several delegates who are
free to support the candidate of their choice.
Trump said his New York win would make it almost mathematically
impossible for Mr Cruz to win the Republican nomination on the first
ballot at the party's national convention in July.
Cruz, Mr Kasich and establishment forces in the party have been
trying to keep Mr Trump from winning on the initial ballot.
Mr Trump does not secure enough delegates needed to win the
nomination on the first ballot at the 18-21 July conclave in
Cleveland, delegates would be allowed to switch to other candidates.
Trump remains unpopular with the Republican leaders and activists who
select and serve as delegates, while Mr Cruz has invested time and
money courting them.
establishment Republicans have been alienated by Mr Trump's more
incendiary proposals, such as building a wall along the border with
Mexico and slapping a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.
Clinton and husband Bill voting in Chappaqua. Photo: AFP
Clinton's win in New York followed some of the most heated personal
exchanges of her campaign against Sanders, a US senator from Vermont
who had won seven of the last eight state-by-state nominating
New York victory will expand Mrs Clinton's lead of 244 pledged
delegates over Mr Sanders, and make it nearly impossible for him to
overcome the deficit and capture the 2383 convention delegates needed
for the nomination under Democratic rules that allocate delegates
proportionally based on each state's result.
voting in New York was marred by irregularities, including more than
125,000 people missing from New York City voter rolls. The city has
roughly 4 million voters considered active for the primaries.
York City Comptroller Scott Stringer ordered an audit of the city
elections board after it confirmed the names had been removed from
voter rolls. He told the board in a letter it was "consistently
disorganized, chaotic and inefficient".
is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York, where I was born actually, tens
of thousands of people as I understand it have been purged from the
voting rolls," Mr Sanders told supporters at a rally in State