Primary Results: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Score Big Wins in Northeast

The results have only sharpened the struggle between Trump and Clinton while they traded another jabs.

Reuters informs that Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton enjoyed convincing primary victories in Northeastern states on Tuesday. Trump outflanked rivals John Kasich and Ted Cruz in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware while Clinton won Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and left Bernie Sanders behind. The only state where she came of second best is Rhode Island.

Remarkably, Trump used to get the strongest support from less well-educated voters, men, and older voters. However, now a more diverse range of Republicans vote for him. The figures in Connecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania show 61 percent, 57 percent, and 60 percent of men voting for Trump respectively. Among women in those states he got 56 percent, 47 percent, and 54 percent. Less than a half of his voters are college graduates.

Now the race centers around Indiana which seems to be the last chance of Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, to stop the confident movement of Trump toward the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

If he is able to win most of the state’s 57 delegates on May 3, he can lessen Trump’s chances to amass the 1,237 delegates he needs for the nomination before the party’s convention in July. In case of Cruz’s loss, his chances as a party nominee fall considerable.

He keeps on sticking to the point that he can prevail in a contested convention if Trump is unable to win a majority on the first ballot. However, his recent loss in five states contradicts with the statement that he has enough support among Republican voters to deserve the nomination under any circumstances.

The results seem to only intensify battles between Trump and Clinton. “I think she’s a flawed candidate and she’s going to be easy to beat,” Trump told a news conference at New York’s Trump Tower. He insists that the only strong point of Clinton is her intention to become the first female U.S. president. “Frankly if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote,” he said.

Hilary didn’t leave his critic without response.

“Well if fighting for women’s healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in,” she said to cheers.

As for now, Trump added 105 delegates on Tuesday raising the total number to 950. Clinton has won 2,141 delegates which is much closer to the necessary 2,383.

According to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Bernie Sanders has small, if not to say no chances to win the nomination. However, he didn’t show any intention to get out of the race during his speech in Huntington, West Virginia. “The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast,” he said in his statement.

Clinton supported Sanders by saying: “Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than divides us.”

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