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Donald Trump won big Tuesday night in the New York primary, not only taking 60 percent of the vote, but also getting 89 of the all important 95 delegates up for grabs.
With the win, Trump now has a total of 845 delegates, compared to 559 for rival Ted Cruz– with just 14.5 percent of the vote, the Texas senator came away with no delegates Tuesday night, which deals a major blow to his chances of reaching the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination.
“We’re really, really rocking,” the Republican front-runner said in his victory speech.
With 674 delegates available in the remaining primaries before the Republican National Convention in July, Trump now has 68 percent of the total needed. Even if Cruz swept the remaining states, he would be four delegates short of the total need to win, but remains mathematically alive due to the likely support from several dozen unbound delegates.
The real estate tycoon gave his victory speech in the lobby of Trump Tower and “seemed like a different candidate,” according to The New York Times.
Trump appeared to pivot to a more presidential stance with “a focused, tightened message about trade and the economy,” The Times noted. He referred to his chief rival as “Senator Cruz,” instead of the more common “Lyin’ Ted” regularly heard on the campaign trail.
“Our jobs are being sucked out of our states,” Trump said. “One of the big problems is economy and jobs, and that is my wheelhouse.”
The Trump campaign has to be feeling good about where things stand with five Northeastern states likely to be friendly to their candidate going to the polls next Tuesday.
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island vote on April 26, with a total of 118 delegates up for grabs.
Trumps campaign victory speech can be seen here:
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