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Trump in Sight of Victory, But Not Yet There

April 28, 2016
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 'I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,' Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Donald Trump won the Republican vote in all five of Tuesday’s primaries. He is close to the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

The next two primaries are in New Jersey and West Virginia. Trump will most likely win both of them. That leaves the primaries of California and Indiana as the big decision makers. They can put him over the top. Or they can lead to a contested convention.

This contest is still up to the primary voters.

Each state makes its own rules on how to choose its nominees. The rules are different for each party as well. The experts enjoy this. Most people just want to know who is ahead.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are ahead.

Clinton almost has the number of delegates she needs. Bernie Sanders is not giving up. It may be that he has other goals in mind. He

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a primary night event on April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia after winning the Pennsilvania state primary. Voters cast ballots in five northeastern states, with frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both looking to overwhelm their respective Democratic and Republican rivals in the race for the White House. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images

has shown that there is great unrest among Democratic voters. He would like his supporters to influence the Democratic convention. He would like to move the Clinton campaign to the more liberal left. He has said he will do all he can to defeat the Republican nominee.

Republicans John Kasich and Ted Cruz are fighting a rearguard battle. They are trying to stop Trump from winning on the first ballot. Each says he will have a chance to win on the ensuing ballots. Cruz named Carley Fiorina as his running mate. She was a candidate for the nomination. She dropped out. Many said it was a desperate act.

Cruz named Carley Fiorina as his running mate. She was a candidate for the nomination. She dropped out. Many said naming her was a desperate act.

The 2016 campaign is something new. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are appealing to the discontent of voters. They are saying two things. First, they say America is a failing nation. Second, they say they are the only ones who can save it.

Mrs. Clinton says America needs to do better. She says she has the expertise and experience to do the job.

Source: The New York Times April 26, 2016

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