Donald Trump crushed rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the five primaries on April 26: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Delaware.
Trump received over 60 percent of the vote in two states and above 50 percent in the other three; Kasich was generally the closest, receiving roughly 20 percent of the vote in each state, while Cruz’s vote shares were even smaller.
Trump walked away with 101 delegates thanks to the winner-take-all policy of most of the GOP primaries, and he became one step closer to clinching the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination.
Cruz and Kasich have been valiantly working to try and prevent Trump from reaching this magical number, hoping to try their luck at a brokered convention; however, after Tuesday night, Trump only needs 45 percent of the remaining 616 available delegates.
With essentially guaranteed wins in upcoming large, delegate-rich states such as California and New Jersey, Trump has very likely won the Republican nomination.
Trump was not one to be humble about this news. In a speech given after his five wins, Trump declared, “I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely…Honestly, Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race. They have no path to victory at all. .?.?. We should heal the Republican Party, bring the Republican Party together. And I’m a unifier.”
Cruz and Kasich are undoubtedly aware of this, which is why they have teamed up to stop Trump from winning upcoming states such as Oregon, Indiana, and Kentucky.
On Wednesday, Cruz also decided to announce his potential running-mate if he were to secure the nomination: former GOP candidate, Carly Fiorina.
Stunts such as these are far-fetched ploys to keep the nomination away from Trump, which looks increasingly improbable at this stage.
Thanks to the Northeast, Trump is now incredibly likely to be the candidate representing the Republican Party in the general election.
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