Cruz and Kasich now cling to dirty, backroom tricks to steal the nomination from Trump during the National Convention.
Trump is a political outsider, a showman who knows very well how internal politics works, so he runs his own race.
The New York real estate mogul is unstoppable in the race for the Republican nomination.
Last night, he won emphatically in primaries celebrated in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The billionaire candidate for the White House has exceeded all expectations and is now clearer than ever that he will be the winner at the Republican convention in July in Cleveland.
Only a political conspiracy of unpredictable consequences could prevent in extremis his presidential candidacy for the Grand Old Party. Trump’s plan is to reach the magic number of 1,237 delegates to avoid a second or third round. Last night, he took a great leap in that direction.
It is important to underline that Trump, the anti-establishment Republican man, has defeated 16 Establishment-run candidates who counted on multi-million dollar budgets.
They did not achieve their objective of deterring the party base, seduced by Trump’s direct and aggressive speech. His opponents, including Goldman Sachs-backed, Ted Cruz, and governor John Kasich’s desperately attempted to unify efforts to defeat Trump but their alliance did not last 24 hours.
On the contrary, Trump has won in the five states with better results than the polls predicted. The first projections Trump granted him more than 60% of the vote in Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island and more than 50% in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Even before last night’s wins, Trump had more votes than his two rivals combined. Last night the big loser was Ted Cruz, who was overtaken by John Kasich in four of the five states that celebrated primaries.
“We will defeat Hillary easily,” Trump said in New York. “I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” he said later. The presumptive nominee in US electoral jargon, is a candidate whose nomination is inevitable due to his delegate and public support advantage, but which lacks the official blessing of the party. Mathematically, Trump is miles away from his opponents, who, for all intents and purposes have been eliminated from the contest. Yet, Trump still needs to close it up by getting to the magic number of 1,237 before the July convention.
Now, there are 14 primaries left before 14 June. The next key date is May 3, when the state of Indiana, an rural and industrial heart of the USA will decide who should be its nominee. Finally, on June 7 in California, the most populous state in the country, and the one that distributes more delegates in the primaries, will get to have its say.
Although it is not time for Trump’s coronation yet, that day seems to be getting closer. It has been a long and tense process, in which both parties have faced grassroots discontent with the elites: in the Republican Party, the rebellion has triumphed; in the Democratic Party, it has not.
The time comes for the defeated to grieve, to assume they have no options to beat the favorites. Trump has 950 of the 1,237 delegates needed to be nominated. His nearest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has 560 delegates. At this time in the game, that is a gigantic difference that will most likely make it impossible for Cruz to get back into the race.
In the Democratic camp, the favorite Hillary Clinton has won four of the states that held primaries, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, but Sanders has returned to embitter her night by defeating her in Rhode Island.