Donald Trump took New York by storm blowing away even the most optimistic projections and leaving Senator Ted Cruz a distant third behind Governor John Kasich. With 93% of the vote counted Trump was leading with 60% exceeding both the pre-election and the exit polls. (Check back for updates.) Ted Cruz had just 14% of the vote.
After Cruz scored some controversial wins in Colorado and Wyoming, Trump needed a big win to regain his momentum and it looks like he got it. He should walk away from New York with more delegates than Cruz won in Colorado, Wyoming, and Wisconsin combined. And such a decisive victory suggests Trump could compete in coastal states against Hillary Clinton in a way that Ted Cruz never could.
Gingrich Calls Trump Landslide A Game Changer
Speaking on Fox Business, Newt Gingrich said that if Cruz comes in a distant third it could be a “game changer.” It would showcase the Senator’s weakness in large states outside of the Midwest and preview challenges he would face in the general election.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 20, 2016
Having won an outright majority, Trump wins all of the state’s 14 at-large delegates awarded to the statewide winner. It is Trump’s first victory with more than 50% of the vote and puts him on a path to winning the state’s other 81 delegates. Those delegates are won at the congressional district level, with 3 delegates going to the winner of each of the state’s 27 congressional districts.
With such a large margin of victory Trump is likely to sweep all 27 congressional districts gaining him a total of 95 delegates from New York. That would dramatically increase the odds of his getting the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the nomination on the first ballot. It would also make it a near mathematical impossibility for Cruz to do the same.
UPDATE: With 93% counted Trump has 89 of the state’s 95 delegates, Kasich has 3, and Cruz has o. One congressional district with 3 delegates remains undecided.