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US Primaries: Trump sweeps all five North-Eastern states, Clinton wins 4

India TV News Desk 27 Apr 2016, 8:49:31 IST
India TV News Desk

Washington: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made a clean sweep in Tuesday's US primaries with posting victories in five North-Eastern states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island,Delaware and Connecticut primaries.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won in Maryland, Pennysylvania, Delaware and Connecticut but Rhoe Island Primary went to her party rivalĀ  Bernie Sanders.

Voters from five states went to the polls on Tuesday, April 26, to choose a presidential nominee.

Wins in the five-state East Coast primaries are expected to give a big boost to Trump's White House ambitions. But he would still fall a few hundred delegates short of the magical 1237 delegates required to bag the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump won five more states on Tuesday, moving closer to the 1,237 delegates he needs for a first-ballot nomination at the national convention in Cleveland.

The billionaire businessman appears to have fully regained the momentum against rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

Trump is feeling confident enough in his position that he is increasingly looking ahead to the general election

Rival candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich agreed to work together to block Trump. And none of it seems to matter.

In the past week he's directed a fair amount of his fire not at Cruz or Kasich but at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I call her crooked Hillary because she's crooked and the only thing she's got is the woman card," he said on Fox News. "That's all she's got. ... It's a weak card in her hands. I'd love to see a woman president, but she's the wrong person. She's a disaster."

Though the clean sweep is expected to give a big boost to his White House ambitions, he would still fall a few hundred delegates short of the 1,237 required to bag the GOP presidential nomination.

In Connecticut, Clinton was facing a tough challenge from her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator was leading by a small margin in Rhode Island, media projections said.

The wins in the three states also takes Clinton closer to earning the Democratic presidential nomination, though she is still short of the required 2383 delegates.

As many as 384 delegates are in the fray in the Democratic primaries, while in the Republican polls, 172 delegates were up for grabs in the five states.

Before today's primaries, Clinton had 1,946 delegates and Sanders had 1,192. However, the gap between pledged delegates -- won through primaries -- is much less between the two.

Clinton had won 1428 delegates in the primary elections while Sanders won 1153 delegates.Trump had won 845 delegates, before today's polls. He was followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 559 delegates and John Kasich with just 148 delegates.

The last two have no mathematical path to reach the 1,237 delegate count before the GOP Convention in Cleveland in July.The next crucial primary is scheduled in Indiana next Tuesday where Cruz and Trump have entered into a strategic alliance to prevent Trump from getting the required delegates.
(PTI inputs)