Republican frontrunner in the White House nomination race Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton have registered big wins in the New York primary. Both Trump and Clinton have reviving hopes of winning the nomination outright for their respective parties.
As polls neared closing, media reports said Clinton was conformably ahead of Sanders, winning 59.3 per cent of the votes, way ahead of 40.8 per cent votes won by Sanders.
Trump, was way ahead of Cruz and Governor John Katich, winning 61.4 per cent of the votes. CNN predicted Trump would take the lion’s share of the 95 Republican party delegates up for grabs in New York.
The win gives both Clinton and Trump an edge over their rivals Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz and solidify their frontrunner status after a series of recent losses.
Trump’s win means he could sweep the state’s 95 delegates and position himself to win the Republican nomination without going through a contested convention in July.
Clinton’s win could blunt Sanders’ momentum once and for all and leave Sanders with a tough decision on how to proceed as she extends her overwhelming lead in the Democratic race.
“Today you prove once again there is no place like home… This win is personal,” said the Clinton in her victory speech.
She also took the opportunity to attack Republicans Trump and Cruz for their remarks against Muslims and women.
“Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have a vision for our country that’s divisive and dangerous- rounding up immigrants or banning Muslims is just not who we are,” said Clinton who was joined by her husband former President Bill Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.
“Threatening to ban Muslims” and treating American-Muslims like “criminal” go against “everything America stands for,” she added.
Her rival, Bernie Sanders tweeted to say that he was looking forward to next week’s voting in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
“Thank you to all those who came out tonight in New York! Onward to five more states voting next week,” Sanders tweeted.
Clinton, who was Senator for New York for eight years, leads the overall delegate count with 1,307, while Sanders has 1,094 delegates. The one who clinches 2,383 delegates in all wins the party’s nomination. In New York 291 delegates were at stake for the Democrats.
Trump’s big victory in his home state gave him renewed momentum in the Republican race and pushed him closer to the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination.
“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said in his victory speech from his Trump Tower in Manhattan amidst a big applause.
“Sen Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated,” he added.
His speech focussed on jobs and trade and the economy. He promised to bring back jobs from Mexico and other countries.
A total of 1,237 delegates are needed to sew up the Republican nomination. Before the New York win, Trump, whose campaign has appalled establishment Republicans, led the total delegate count with 743, followed by Cruz with 543 and Kasich with 144.
(With inputs from agencies)