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Frontrunners Trump, Clinton win New York primaries


Trump and Clinton

Trump and Clinton

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Republican and Democratic party frontrunners for United States (U.S.) presidential nominations, have won their respective primaries in New York state.

Trump easily won his nominating contest on Tuesday, moving closer to capturing enough delegates to clinch the nomination and avoid a contested convention in July.

The billionaire’s big victory in his home state gave him renewed momentum in the Republican race and pushed him closer to the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

Clinton also won in New York, which she once represented in the U.S. Senate, blunting the momentum of rival Bernie Sanders and taking a big step towards wrapping up the nomination.

The victories for Trump and Clinton, in one of the biggest state nominating contests so far, set both up for strong performances next Tuesday when they are expected to do well in five other Northeastern state primaries.

Trump won in the state where he was born and where the flamboyant mogul built much of his property and entertainment empire. With 90 per cent of votes counted, he had 60 per cent.

“We are really, really rocking, and we expect we are going to have an amazing number of weeks,” the candidate, flanked by his family, told supporters at his opulent Trump Tower building, announcing imminent travel to some of the five states holding primaries on April 26.

Ohio Governor John Kasich was a distant second to Trump at 25 per cent, with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas at 15 per cent.

Trump’s final margin of victory will be decisive in the number of delegates he claims. A total of 95 Republican delegates are at stake in New York.

The victory boosts Trump’s delegate lead against Cruz, his nearest rival, who has fared far better in more conservative Southern and rural states.

Clinton’s victory over rival Bernie Sanders halts momentum that had gathered around the campaign of the senator from Vermont, who won eight of the nine primaries before New York.

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