WASHINGTON: Donald Trump crushed his Republican opponents in Pennsylvania, Maryland
and three other US states, a sweep that put him considerably closer to
capturing the party’s presidential nomination outright, while Hillary
Clinton won Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, the media reported.
was widely expected to dominate the primaries and his margins of
victory on Tuesday intensified the aura of inevitability around his bid
to lead the Republicans and created urgent new challenges for his
rivals, the New York Times reported.
More significant, they
increased his chances of avoiding a fight on the floor of the party’s
convention in July and of claiming the nomination on the delegates’
The other Republican candidates, Senator Ted Cruz
of Texas and John Kasich of Ohio, fared so poorly on Tuesday that they
were likely to lose most of the 118 bound delegates up for grabs across
Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware also went for Trump.
is now under intense pressure to beat Trump in Indiana’s primary next
week, perhaps the last real chance the stop-Trump forces have to halt
his march to the nomination. He and Kasich forged an alliance to stop
Trump in Indiana, but it already appears strained.
Even before polls closed in the East on Tuesday night, Cruz tried to pre-empt the rush of coverage about Trump’s dominance.