Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE will come away with a huge haul of delegates following a big win in New York's primary on Tuesday night that moves him closer to the GOP presidential nomination.
Trump began the night with 756 delegates, according to The Associated Press. He appears poised to take 89 of the 95 delegates that were up for grabs in New York.
That would bring Trump’s total to 845 delegates, putting him 68 percent of the way to the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination before the Republican National Convention in July.
There are only 674 delegates still up for grabs in contests between now and the last day of elections on June 7, and Trump would need to win 391 of them — or about 58 percent — to secure the nomination.
That’s tough but doable.
Trump has many opportunities in states voting next Tuesday, where 118 bound delegates will be awarded in five states across the Northeast.
Trump will be the heavy favorite in most of those states, with polls showing the GOP front-runner holding double-digit leads in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Meanwhile, it was a devastating night for the anti-Trump movement.
Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE appears, with his distant third place finish, to be shut out of delegates in New York.
The dismal night effectively eliminates any possibility he can reach 1,237 before the convention, a fact that Trump gleefully mentioned in his victory speech on Tuesday.
Cruz is stuck at 559 delegates and needs 678 to hit the threshold of 1,237, according to the AP.
There are only 674 delegates still up for grabs. The only reason that Cruz still has a chance is because he likely has support from several dozen unbound delegates, including state party leaders, former Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE supporters and yet-to-be-allocated delegates in states that held conventions.
Still, Cruz essentially needs to run the table on the remaining contests, which is nearly impossible.
Instead, Cruz will move forward in an attempt to block Trump from winning a majority of delegates in hopes he can emerge as the nominee at a contested convention.
Whether Trump hits 1,237 is likely to remain uncertain until the final day of elections on June 7, after all of the votes are counted at the congressional district level in California, the largest delegates prize on the map.
If Cruz is successful in blocking Trump, many believe he’ll become the favorite to emerge as the party’s nominee at a contested convention.
The Texas senator has proven far better than Trump at getting his supporters elected as delegates, even in states that Trump won, such as Georgia and South Carolina.
These delegates will be bound to Trump for the first vote at the convention in Cleveland in July.
But if Trump fails to win the nomination on that first ballot, many will be able to move their support to Cruz, potentially pushing him across the 1,237-delegates threshold.
John Kasich, who stands to get the remaining New York delegates, has been eliminated from winning outright for months but is also sticking around in hopes of blocking Trump from the nomination.
He has argued that polls show he is the only Republican candidate who can beat likely Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE.
--Updated on April 20 at 5:57 a.m.