Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Democratic and Republican parties front runners for the US presidential elections, comfortably secured victories in the important New York primary election.
After beating Bernie Sanders, Mrs. Clinton said that she could see victory for the Democratic nomination.
Donald Trump looked set to win the votes of about all the 65 Republican delegates.
He said that his nearest rival, Ted Cruz, was “just about mathematically eliminated.”
With more than 98% of the results in, Mr Trump is leading with just over 60% of the vote while Mrs Clinton has just under 58%.
US networks had projected Trump’s victory in his home state a few seconds after closure of the polls.
Mr. Trump’s statement after the victory was that: “I have to say to the people that know me the best – the people of New York – when they give us this kind of a vote it’s just incredible.”
It is indeed true that what Trump required was a commanding victory, and that’s what he got. The results haven’t yet been finalized but it is evident that he will get a bigger percentage of the 95 delegates.
What’s worth noting is the restrained Trump in his recent campaigns. Gone are the days when he would post incredible tweets bashing his opponents. During his Tuesday night speech, the he gave a short speech and sent home an economic message.
In recent days, Trump added to his staff a number of experienced personnel to handle his political campaign after having several turbulent weeks. If this new Trump could be inspired by the new hands, then he may prove to be a more formidable opponent.
“Tomorrow, we go back to work,” Mr Trump said during his victory speech. It was a very un-Trump-like line – and something that should have his opponents very concerned.
He said that more delegates would side with him, even more than anyone projected.
John Kasich who got a third position won 3 New York delegates.
Mrs Clinton told supporters her campaign for the nomination was “in the home stretch and victory is in sight”.
“New Yorkers, you’ve always had my back and I’ve always tried to have yours,” she said. “Today together we did it again and I am deeply, deeply grateful.”
It has been a tough fight in which both Clinton and Sanders have made use of their local ties to win the voters.
Clinton could not shy away from saying that there is “much more that unites us than divides us” so as to cool down the barbs trading that has been witnessed recently.