Donald Trump is the projected winner for the April 19, 2016, primary by both the Associated Press and NBC News. They each called the race minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. EST. According to the expected results, he has beaten both Ted Cruz and John Kasich. The number of delegates that Trump will receive because of this win will take some time to determine. The size of his lead over the other contenders is also undetermined at the moment.
New York, as a battleground state is highly unusual, as the primary is held relatively late in the season – after the nominal front-runner has usually been determined. Trump has extended the primary season for the Republicans with his surge.
The Republican Convention, being held this summer in Cleveland, will be hosting 95 delegates from the Empire State. Only three states send more delegates to the nominating event. The candidates are not elected directly.
Voters elect individuals pledged to support a particular candidate. There is no majority-rules voting approach on the statewide level. Each of the state’s congressional districts elects delegates. To win all of the delegates for the state, the successful candidate must win a majority of the votes in each of the congressional districts throughout the state. Trump will have a difficult task to win all of the districts.
On the whole, New York, is considered as an unusual entity, in the world of local politics. New York City, which has the bulk of the state’s population, is decidedly Democrat in outlook. The rest of the city is more Republican in its enrollment, although the state as a whole is Democrat dominated.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Jeanette Smith
AP: Trump wins Republican presidential primary in New York
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