Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has swept all five primaries held in the Northeastern states. His Democratic rival Hillary Clinton bagged four of the five states.
The recent primary wins bring both of them closer to a monumental duel for the White House race in November.
The business tycoon declared himself the “presumptive” Republican nominee after posting big wins in Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
In all the five states, Trump bagged more than 50 per cent of the votes. In fact, in Rhode Island and Delaware his vote percentage was more than 60 per cent.
Trump’s delegate count has jumped to 950.
“This to me was our biggest night,” the real estate tycoon said in his victory speech.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee.”
Though the clean sweep gave a big boost to Trump’s White House ambition, he still needs over 300 delegates to reach the magical number of 1,237 delegates required to bag the Republican presidential nomination.
“As far as I am concerned, this race is over,” Trump said, adding that his rival John Kasich, who has 153 delegates to his kitty, is simply wasting his time.
Kasich came second in four of the five States but earned just five delegates.
Trump’s primary Republican rival Ted Cruz has 569 delegates and his path to nomination before the July convention is next to impossible. Cruz came last in four of the five states where primaries were held.
On the other hand, Clinton won the four states of Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Her rival Bernie Sanders bagged Rhode Island.
After registering four wins, she appeared to be headed to be the first ever woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party.
The wins in the three states also takes Clinton closer to earning the Democratic presidential nomination. The former Secretary of State now has 2,026 delegates while Sanders holds just 1,291 delegates.
In her victory speech, Clinton extended an olive branch to Sanders in an apparent effort to begin the process of unifying the Democratic Party behind her candidacy.
“I applaud Sen. Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of politics and putting greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality,” she said. “I know together we will get that done.”
She took on Trump for accusing her of playing the ‘woman card’.
“Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in,” said Clinton.
The next primary is scheduled in Indiana next Tuesday where Cruz and Kasich have entered into a strategic alliance to prevent Trump from getting further ahead.
(With inputs from PTI)