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Donald Trump moved closer to becoming the Republican presidential nominee after sweeping all five states in Tuesday’s primaries, but the bigger story may be how poorly rival Ted Cruz fared.
While Trump garnered more than 60 percent of the vote in several states, Cruz came in third behind John Kasich in four of the five states up for grabs and only topped 20 percent in Pennsylvania, the one state he was able to best the Ohio governor.
Meanwhile, Trump is expected to score an overwhelming majority of the 118 delegates at stake in last night’s contests, according to The Hill.
Tuesday’s results, as reported by The New York Times:
Following Tuesday’s sweep, Trump referred to himself as the party’s “presumptive nominee” and called on both Cruz and Kasich to drop out.
“Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race, they have no path to victory and honestly they should get out of the race,” the real estate tycoon said at a press conference. “We should heal the Republican party, bring the Republican Party back together.”
But Cruz has no such plans of bowing out.
Speaking from Indiana before any results were announced, the Texas senator anticipated that Trump would do well in the more liberal northeastern states, but stressed that he is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton and committed to fighting on, The Hill reported.
“Tonight, Donald Trump is expected to have a good night,” he said. “He’s likely to win some states and the media is going to have heart palpitations this evening. And the media is going to say the race is over. The media is going to say Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.”
“Everyone of them are ready for Hillary,” Cruz concluded.
Trump is expected to have 949 delegates after Tuesday’s victories and needs an additional 288 to reach the 1237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination. Indiana, which votes next Tuesday, will play a big role in determining whether the GOP front-runner gets there — he has a slight lead in the latest polls.
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