NEW YORK, Apr 20 – Donald Trump scored an easy win in Tuesday’s New York primary and seemed poised to claim the vast majority of his home state’s 95 delegates as he predicted imminent victory in the Republican presidential nomination race. Trump said they don’t have much of a race anymore. He said this during a victory celebration at Trump Tower, the same venue where he launched his presidential bid back in June.
Arriving on stage to the booming sounds of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” Trump said it would be “impossible” for rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to catch him in the Republican delegate race and that he would have enough support before the convention opens July 18 in Cleveland. Trump in a shorter-than-usual victory speech said they are going to have an amazing number of weeks.
In order to take all 95 of New York’s delegates, Trump would have to win more than 50% of the the votes statewide, and more than 50% in each of New York’s 27 congressional districts. Early returns were inconclusive. Republican rivals Kasich and Cruz still hoped to pick up some delegates in the Empire State. Some networks projected that Kasich would finish a distant second in New York, with Cruz in third.