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NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has won the primary in his home state of New York.
Trump was widely expected to beat his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Tuesday’s election.
The precise allocation of delegates from the state won’t be determined until the vote results are calculated by congressional district, but Trump is certain to extend his delegate lead and come closer to the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the party’s nomination.
Early results of the exit poll in the state show a large majority of New York Republicans want the next president to be a political outsider.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump had amassed 756 delegates, while Cruz had 559 and Kasich had 144.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to move beyond a crushing defeat in New York, which he is dismissing as merely “a politician winning his home state.”
Instead, he is pivoting with a sweeping call to unite the Republican Party by painting himself as the outsider able to capture the imagination of a party searching for leadership.
Already moving on to Pennsylvania, Cruz is saying: “This generation needs to answer a new set of questions. Can we? Should we? Will we?”
Cruz is comparing his candidacy to Ronald Reagan’s and John F. Kennedy’s, asking the Pennsylvania audience, “Are we still those people, those dreamers and doers?”
The Pennsylvania primary is April 26.
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