Businessman Donald Trump scored another demanding victory in five different state primaries on Tuesday, April 26. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also had a strong night with four wins in states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
The states that voted were Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland. Trump was polling very well in all of the states with primaries on April 26, so his victories do not come as a huge surprise. However, Trump did not just win those states; he won them by a very large margin.
The so-called “Never Trump” movement has prompted Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich to team up to stop Trump on his path to the nomination. Kasich has pulled all of his resources out of the state of Indiana in order to give Cruz a better chance of winning the state and keeping delegates from going to Trump, according to The New York Times.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand did very well with her four wins of the night. Clinton only needs a few hundred more delegates to secure the Democratic Party nomination. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign has said that after the primaries on Tuesday he will reevaluate, but he will not drop out of the race, according to CBS News. The Sanders campaign released a statement after the races were called, saying “This campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive platform…”
In Clinton’s victory speech, she again spoke directly to Sanders supporters saying, “Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than divides us,” according to Reuters. The Clinton campaign knows that in order to do well in the general election the Democratic Party must unite. She also reached out to more than just the Democratic Party asking for support from people “if you are a Democrat, an independent or a thoughtful Republican.”
During Trump’s victory speech, he declared himself the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, “I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely. If you look. Honestly, Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race. They have no path to victory at all. … We should heal the Republican Party, bring the Republican Party together. And I’m a unifier,” The Washington Post reported.
Trump is also close to securing the Republican nomination on the first ballot, meaning getting 1237 delegates before the convention, according to NBC. However, Trump’s road will be much harder because of the anti-Trump movement trying to stop Trump from getting the nomination.
Kasich and Cruz will look on to the next states that they could possibly win. Cruz is focusing on Indiana where in his speech, after the results from the primaries had him finishing poorly, he said Indiana is more of his kind of state, “Tonight this campaign moves back to favorable terrain.”
Kasich did not give a speech after the results. Instead he was at a fundraiser and will take some days off of campaigning and go back to Columbus, Ohio.
Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, NBC News, CBS News and Reuters was used in this report.