Trump nearly sweeps NY delegates

Trump nearly sweeps NY delegates
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 CruzGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? 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 RubioDeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be 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.

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--Updated on April 20 at 5:57 a.m.