US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have been projected as the winners of New York primaries, hoping to secure their party nomination.
The early results were announced after polls closed on Tuesday, with the billionaire real estate mogul leading the Republican Party with 68.6 percent ahead of rivals John Kasich at 18.5 percent and Ted Cruz obtaining 12.4 percent.
Trump’s big victory in his home state gave him renewed momentum in the Republican race and pushed him closer to the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. US Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton also sought a big victory in New York, with 61 percent of the ballots blunting the momentum of rival Bernie Sanders at 39 percent and taking a big step toward wrapping up the nomination.
“We’re going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected even in their wildest imaginations,” Trump said in a victory speech from Trump Tower. “We’re going to go into the convention I think as the winner.”
According to an Associated Press count, Trump entered the New York contest with 756 delegates, while Cruz had 559 and Kasich had 144. If Trump does not secure enough delegates needed to win the Republican nomination outright at the party’s July 18-21 convention in Cleveland, delegates would be allowed to switch to other candidates.