Donald Trump won his home state’s primary on Tuesday, pushing him closer toward securing the delegates he needs to lock down the Republican presidential nomination before the party’s convention this summer.
Multiple networks projected the race for Trump shortly after polls in New York closed Tuesday evening.
“Thank you New York! I love you!” Trump tweeted shortly after he was declared the state’s victor.
Trump appeared headed for a huge win with 62.3% of the vote with 44% of precincts reporting, according to CNN. The network subsequently projected he would finish with more than 50% of the statewide vote, meaning he would secure all 14 of the Empire State’s at-large delegates.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in second with 23.6% of the vote, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was in third with 14.1% of the vote.
Trump delivered a victory speech in Trump Tower, entering to Frank Sinatra’s, “New York, New York.”
“This has been an incredible evening, it’s been an incredible day and week,” Trump said during the speech.
“… You’re going to be very proud of this country very soon.”
Trump declared that the Republicans “don’t have much of a race anymore.”
“Sen. Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated,” Trump said. “And we’ve won another state.”
Trump said earlier on Tuesday that he was hoping to win more than 70 delegates in the primary, in which 95 delegates are at stake.
The race for the Republican presidential nomination has heated up in recent weeks as a contested convention looks increasingly likely.
Trump is battling his remaining GOP rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to get the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination outright. His New York win served as a bounce back from a 13-point loss to Cruz in Wisconsin, where Cruz outpaced Trump by 30 delegates.
Trump remains the current frontrunner for his party, but if Cruz and Kasich chip away in the delegate column, it’s possible that no candidate will reach the magic number before the convention.
In that case, many delegates who would be bound to Trump on the first ballot of convention voting could vote for whomever they want on subsequent ballots.