Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won the five states that held primaries on Tuesday, making his path to the nomination even clearer.
Mr. Trump is estimated to take around 110 of the 118 delegates at stake which means he has to win around 57% of the bound delegates in the 10 states left to vote clinch the GOP nomination on June 7, when party’s last primaries are to be held in California and four other states.
It is now mathematically impossible for Sen. Cruz or Ohio Gov. Kasich to win the nomination. Trump has won around 988 of the 1,237 delegates required to claim the nomination on the first ballot. Messrs. Cruz and Kasich now only can hope that they can prevent Trump from getting 1,237 delegates on the first ballot and a contested convention.
After Trump won near or above 60% of the GOP vote in each of the states that voted Tuesday – Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island – his rivals have to find a way to stop his momentum before Indiana holds it primary on May 3, otherwise their path to a contested convention will be closed off.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,” Trump said during his victory news conference in New York. “It’s over, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over,” he added, saying that his rivals should drop out.
Sen. Cruz will have to work very hard to convince voters in Indiana to buck the trend and vote for Cruz, pushing the party towards a contested convention.
“The media want to say everything is decided,” Cruz told Indiana supporters Tuesday night. “The question is, can the state of Indiana stop the media’s chosen candidate?”
Trump’s victories were expected, but his margins exceeded predictions for his victories on Tuesday.