By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, April 26, Republican voters in Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut all went to the polls and gave New York City businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump crushing victories over his remaining GOP Primary opponents. Neither US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or Ohio Governor John Kasich managed to even be competitive be competitive in a single state.
Donald Trump told a cheering crowd in New York City, “I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely.” “Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race, they have no path to victory and honestly they should get out of the race, we should heal the Republican party, bring the Republican Party back together.” “As far as I’m concerned, it’s over. These two guys can’t win, there’s no path. So why would I change? If you have a football team and you are winning and you get to a Super Bowl, you don’t change your quarterback.”
Trump said that Hillary Clinton will be an easier opponent than the Republican field he has dominated to this point.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won four of the five states and has moved much closer to the Democratic nomination. Including pledged super delegates, Clinton has 2,141 of the 2383 delegates needed to win. US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) only has 1,321 delegates.
At this point Trump has 950 delegates, more than 75 percent of the 1237 needed to secure the Republican nomination. Ted Cruz is still the closest competition with 560 delegates. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) despite dropping out on March 1 is still in third with 171. Gov. Kasich has only won 153 (most of them from his home state of Ohio).
In Alabama, jubilant Trump supporters in the Alabama Minority GOP and Alabama Constitutional Conservatives watched the result coming in at Logan’s Roadhouse in Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.
Original reporting by Fox News, Politico and The Hill contributed to this report.