That voter turn out and all the delegates he gained, do you think Trump will take the presumptive nominee position at the convention?
A triumphant Trump entered the lobby of his signature Trump Tower to speak to supporters as Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ blared over loudspeakers.
The GOP front-runner thanked ‘the people who know me best’ for a resounding win over Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The only region of the state he lost, to Kasich, was the New York City borough of Manhattan – where he and those people live and work.
Trump claimed at least 89 of New York’s 95 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Kasich won three.
The final three were still undecided as midnight approached, but Trump will likely claim at least two of them.
‘We’re going to end at a very high level and get more delegates than anyone projected,’ he boasted.
With almost 99 per cent of the votes counted, Trump had more than 60 per cent of ballots cast. Kasich had 25 per cent of the vote and Cruz brought up the rear with 14.5 per cent.
‘We don’t have much of a race anymore, based on what I’m seeing on television,’ said Trump, as he seemed to look past the remaining primary contests with an eye toward November – although he made no mention of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
‘Senator Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated’ from winning the GOP nomination, he claimed, observing that ‘we have won millions of more votes than Senator Cruz. Millions and millions of more votes than Governor Kasich.’
Trump hammered home his consistent popular vote lead, throwing an elbow at Cruz for a pattern of accumulating convention delegates at statewide party meetings rather than at the ballot box.
‘It’s really nice to win the delegates with the votes,’ Trump declared.
‘Nobody should take delegates and claim victory unless they get those delegates with voters and voting. … the people aren’t going to stand for it.’
The real estate tycoon said he would be ‘going to go into the convention, I think, as the winner’ in July. ‘But nobody can take away an election,’ he warned, ‘like they have done with the Republican Party.’
Television networks called the race for Trump just moments after the polls closed at 9:00 p.m.
Applause broke out while the billionaire’s supporters and staff crowded into the Trump Tower lobby and watched a monitor tuned to the Fox News Channel for the announcement everyone knew would come.
Trump, meanwhile, was busy tweeting about coverage on a rival network, complaining that CNN ‘is so negative it’s impossible to watch.’
The moment itself was anticlimactic: No one in the marbled skyscraper expected Trump to finish without a gold medal in the state where he has matched one of the world’s great cities step for step in glamour and excess.
By contrast, Clinton and Vermont’s democratic socialist senator Bernie Sanders were locked in a battle that was too close to call for a half-hour.
Hillary was ultimately declared the winner by a comfortable 57-42 margin.
‘With record numbers of voters viewing Hillary Clinton unfavorably, New York Democrats moved their least electable candidate a little closer to the finish line,’ Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that didn’t mention Trump at all.
‘Whether it’s her refusal to release the transcripts of her paid Wall Street speeches, her secret email server that’s triggered an ongoing FBI investigation, or her flip flops on issue after issue, Hillary Clinton has shown herself unwilling to be open and honest with the American people.’
‘Only a Republican president will get America back on track by strengthening our economy and restoring America’s leadership role in the world,’ he said.
In a speech that touched on nearly all of his hobby-horse themes – veterans, Obamacare premiums, job losses and trade among them – Trump focused on problems he said he saw in upstate New York during a rally tour that took him to Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Rome and Buffalo.
‘New York state has problems like virtually every other state in the union,’ he said. ‘Our jobs are being sucked out of our states. … We’re going to stop it.’
He predicted the same dynamics that thrust him to the head of the pack in New York would play out in other states like Maryland, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
‘Tomorrow morning we go back to work. … We’re going to celebrate for about two hours,’ he said.