Later, Cruz conceded to reporters covering the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Florida that he cannot win the GOP nomination before the convention but insisted Trump couldn’t either.
With so much at stake in the Pennsylvania primary election next week, Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton plan to make stops in Scranton this week. My sources, who are pretty good in the Republican Party, indicate to me that Ted Cruz intends to work a “rules strategy” to try to euchre this nomination away from Donald Trump. It will come the day after a round of primary contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, in which polls show him likely to do well. Bolstering his campaign staff with experienced political strategists, Trump has sought to become a more polished candidate in recent weeks and his concise, measured victory speech reflected that effort.
Clinton’s win put her at 1,887 delegates, including the so-called super delegates who have pledged to support her, while Sanders trailed at 1,174. In Ohio, Clinton won 59 percent of that demographic to Sanders’s 38 percent on her way to a win.
“To the people that know me the best the people of NY when they give us this kind of a vote it’s just incredible”, a delighted Trump, 69, flanked by his family, told a Manhattan party.
“And then the drama begins”, said Michael McMonagle, a delegate candidate from Montgomery County who supports Texas Sen.
Trump grabbed 89 delegates in NY, bringing him to a total delegate count of 845. He railed against the Republican nominating system, pointing to Louisiana, where he was outmaneuvered by Cruz in the fight for delegates, and Pennsylvania, where the statewide victor gets 17 delegates outright and the rest “are up for grabs”.
Cruz argued, however, his bet bet is to beat Trump at a contested convention, where he believes Trump will not get the majority of delegate support on the first ballot. On the Democratic side, Sanders would have to win 73 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to catch Hillary Clinton.
“Clearly Senator Sanders has a lot of supporters and enthusiasm there. It’s not going to be Hillary”, said Albert Liberatore of Scranton. I’m an outsider, Bernie Sanders is an outsider.
Nationally, the race for the nominations has tightened recently for both parties, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
Trump is seeking to cast himself as the party’s leader.
The April 15-19 poll surveyed 719 Democrats and 593 Republicans.
On the Republican map, the neighborhoods that voted for Trump are in red, those that voted for Kasich are in turquoise and those that voted for Cruz are in yellow. It has a credibility interval of 4.7 percentage points.