The news has been dominated with delegate talk and Ted Cruz winning voterless races because of his ground game. Apparently that ground game wasn’t strong in New York where Donald Trump won in a major landslide.
New York GOP Primary Results:
Donald Trump – 61% – 88 Delegates
John Kasich – 25% – 3 Delegates
Ted Cruz – 15% – 0 Delegates
It has been two weeks since the last primary with actual voters and Donald Trump needed a huge win in New York. He got it.
The GOP frontrunner is the only one that has a path to the nomination through the primary season and the win last night was a monstrous step forward, winning 88 of the 95 delegates. A few delegates are still undecided as of publishing.
The former Apprentice star still has a lot of work to do, but the win in the Empire State proves that his message is resonating stronger than ever and the GOP establishment should be even very, very nervous.
Everyone from Mitt Romney to Carly Fiorina to Neil and Jeb Bush in the establishment has rallied around Cruz in order to stop Trump, but it’s not working.
Cruz ended with only 15% of the vote in New York. He gained the support of just over a 100,000 people. The remarkably low number should scare a candidate that is seen as the one to beat Trump and steal the convention.
One thing to keep in mind when looking at the results in New York is that the state is a closed primary. You have to vote for the party you are registered with. That doesn’t affect Ted Cruz too much because he is pulling votes almost exclusively from the Republican party even in open primaries.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been bringing in Democrats and Independents in other open primaries to win their vote, but not the case in New York.
With that in mind, the margin of victory could have been higher if New York was an open primary. Also if a New Yorker wanted to change their party affiliation because of what Hillary said about “super predators” last month then you would be out of luck. You would have had to change it back in October.
What does it all mean? It means that Donald Trump’s blowout could have been even larger and that his chance of winning the nomination just increased. And any chance of stopping him is drastically decreasing.
We are 89 days away from convention and it is going to be a wild race to the finish.