Apr 19, 2016 9:20 PM

Donald Trump wins New York easily, extends his delegate lead for GOP nomination

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump triumphed with ease Tuesday in the Republican primary in New York, rebounding from a tough stretch that had strained his path to the GOP nomination and highlighted weaknesses in his campaign. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were in a close race as polls closed.

The margin of Trump's victory in his home state and the number of delegates he secures will determine the real impact of his win. If he captures more than 50 percent of the vote, he will be in a strong position to win most of New York's 95 delegates, an impressive haul that will keep him on a narrow path to the nomination.

Trump's closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, downplayed the billionaire businessman's win as little more than "a politician winning his home state." Cruz left New York before the polls closed, turning his attention to Pennsylvania, where he delivered a speech calling on Americans to join together to move the country forward.

"Let us unite on the things that have always made us great," Cruz said.

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