Sanders on the ropes as Trump and Clinton take New York
The polls predicted substantial wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s New York Primary’s and they proved to be spot on as the two Presidential Election favourites proved comfortably victorious.
With 98 per cent of the voters counted, Trump has stormed to 89 of the 95 available delegates, with John Kasich claiming three and Ted Cruz left empty handed.
In the Democrat camp, Clinton claimed 135 delegates, with Bernie Sanders well beaten with 104.
Sanders can’t afford any more defeats, but with a host of eastern seaboard states voting next week, it’s hard to envisage where Clinton can be beaten.
While Sanders has been successful among white voters, Clinton has proven too strong among non-white voters, plus women and elder Americans.
Brooklyn-born Sanders also lost Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts, all states closely resembling New York, and that doesn’t bode well for the final big one – California in June.
Such diverse support sets Clinton up well for Tuesday’s five state votes, and by the end of next week Sanders could be left requiring around 63 per cent of all remaining delegates – a tall order.
For Republican Ted Cruz, the pressure is well and truly on after a heavy defeat in New York, and the Texan’s odds slipped from 6/4 to 5/2 overnight, with Trump looking ever stronger at 4/7 to run for the GOP.
While a big win for Trump was expected, the Cruz camp would have hoped to grab second place.
After being beaten by John Kasich however, Cruz must now rally as next week’s five states – all expected to vote similarly to New York – have their say.
Cruz can expect to fare better in Kansas and Montana further down the line, but it could all be far too late by then.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.