Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both need strong wins in tomorrow’s N.Y. primary to maintain their clear front-runner status in the presidential nomination races.
- Clinton needs to stem a recent string of primary and caucus wins by rival Bernie Sanders and seize some momentum heading into 5 key East Coast primaries on April 26
- Clinton will still have a sizable delegate lead over Sanders if she is upset in N.Y., but losing the state she represented in the Senate would be another setback
- Even a narrow win could cause some of the superdelegates to the Democratic Natl Convention to seriously question her viability
- A Sanders win in N.Y. also would help him achieve his uphill goal of ending up with more pledged convention delegates than Clinton and fuel his argument that superdelegates need to embrace his candidacy
- The stakes for Trump are more concrete, as he needs a big haul of delegates in N.Y. to restore a credible path for him to lock up the GOP nomination before the party’s convention convenes in July
- A sweeping N.Y. win also could set the stage for convincing victories on April 26 in the nearby states of Conn. Del., Md., Pa., and R.I..
- Trump needs to stall rival Ted Cruz, who over the wknd amassed all 14 GOP delegates at stake in Wyo. and won 32 of 42 available delegate slots in Ga.
- Bloomberg’s Andre Tartar and Ben Brody map out 6 credible predictions for how the N.Y. primary will turn out — almost all of them favor Trump and Clinton victories
- Check out Greg Giroux’s N.Y. primary cheat sheet
Trump’s son Eric said on Fox that the GOP has a “perception problem” stemming from its delegate rules
- It “really upsets people” that a candidate can win primary state and not be awarded the most delegates, he said
Cruz again had to defend his criticism of “New York values,” telling ABC that he meant that Trump’s views on partial birth abortion echoed “left-wing, Democratic policies”
John Kasich will campaign in R.I. on Sat., becoming the 1st presidential candidate this season to hold an event there, AP reports
Trump is aiming to put some “showbiz” into the Cleveland convention, Washington Post reports
- He suggested he should have some control over programming
- 2012 convention in Tampa was “the single most boring convention I’ve ever seen,” Trump said