US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is projected to beat his rivals in Tuesday’s New York primary, a new poll shows.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll
released on Friday, Trump leads by 29 points among primary voters in the US state of New York with 54 percent support, followed by Ohio Governor John Kasich at 25 percent and Texas Senator Ted Cruz at 16 percent.
“Donald Trump is well-positioned to carry New York handily and is likely to acquire a sizable number of New York’s delegates as a result,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Fourteen delegates in the New York primary are awarded proportionally based on the statewide vote. Should any candidate receive more than 50 percent of the vote — something only Trump appears capable of doing — he will claim all of those delegates.
The remaining 81 delegates are divided among the state’s 27 congressional districts, with three delegates up for grabs in each. Candidates who receive more than 50 percent of the vote in any district take all three of the delegates within it.
This is while on Thursday, hundreds of people staged a massive protest against the billionaire real estate mogul in New York, where he and his two rivals for the presidential nomination had gathered at the Manhattan hotel for campaign speeches.
Holding up posters and placards, they compared Trump with German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and accused him of being racist and anti-refugee.
Trump has drawn many protests for policy positions that include building a wall along the US border with Mexico, deporting 11 million illegal immigrants and banning Muslims temporarily from entering the US.
Cruz wins Wyoming
On Saturday, US Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz garnered Wyoming’s remaining 14 delegates at a state convention.
“We had a tremendous show of grassroots support that resulted in a critical victory at today’s Wyoming Republican Convention. The victory continues a momentum shift that started in Utah and carried through Wisconsin, North Dakota and Colorado. Grassroots are rising up,” Cruz said in a statement after his victory.
US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz
The Texas senator now holds a total of 23 of Wyoming’s 26 delegates after the county conventions last month, which awarded just one delegate to fellow Republican Donald Trump and one to Marco Rubio. The remaining delegate has not pledged support for any candidate.
Cruz projects himself to be the only alternative to Trump and the best chance to defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a general election.