“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said before his convention speech. During the speech itself, Cruz only mentioned Trump’s name once and instead spoke about Republican values.
The crowd wasn’t happy and booed the ending of his speech:
The move is still surprising though, after all Cruz had an almost prefect track-record in the so-called “shadow-primary” that secured him many loyal delegates even in states that Trump had previously won. (But then you need to make it to a second ballot in Cleveland for those to come into play.)
So now we have the unlikeliest of unlikely scenarios: Donald Trump and John Kasich are the only two remaining GOP-contenders.
Seems like there won’t be a contested convention after all.
By now you must have spent the last 24 hours on the moon to not know that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each won decisive victories in yesterday’s New York primaries.
With 99% of the precincts reported, Clinton got 58% of the vote compared to Sanders 42%. This 16%-lead means she received 39 delegates more than her opponent, which leaves Sanders little possibility to still win the nomination.
Trump scored even bigger, he got 64.8% and almost all of the 95 Republican delegates up for grabs – 89. John Kasich came in a distant second, with 25.1% and 4 delegates. Ted Cruz – who refused to apologize for his New York Values comments – did not receive a single delegate, because he failed to meet the 20% threshold.
If you want to get all this in more detail, the New York Times created an awesome feature, where you can look up every single neighborhood in New York City.
As you can see, Hillary won large patches of Brooklyn, which shows that having the loudest supporters doesn’t necessarily mean you have the most.
My favorite example on the Republican side: Donald Trump won Trump Tower and the couple of Fifth Avenue blocks around it.
Hit your zip code to find out how your neighbors voted.
Only one more day before the primary circus moves on. And yes, with all the media craze and constant rallies we had in the last two weeks, it’s about time.
But before that, there is one important thing to do: go and vote!
To be prepared, here are the four most important points from my guide on how to vote in the New York primary.
Where do I need to go on Primary Day? Use the online Poll Site Locator to find your polling site.
What if I am at work and can’t get to vote? According to New York election law, you can take up to two hours at the beginning or end of your shift (with pay) to vote if you do not have sufficient time outside of work to vote.The law considers four consecutive hours between your shift and the opening/closing of the polls as sufficient time. If you need to take work off, you need to inform your employer at least two days before the primary.
Can I decide spontaneously in which primary I want to vote? No. New York State has closed primaries, that means you can vote only in the primary of the party you are registered for.
Who can I vote for? The Democrats have two candidates on the ballot: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.The Republicans have six candidates on the ballot, even though some of them have already suspended their campaign: Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
You can only vote for these listed candidates, in the primary there aren’t any write-ins.
With all the media attention focused on the three home-town candidates – Clinton, Trump and Sanders – it’s easy to forget that New Yorkers will have more choices in the upcoming primary.
One of them is Ted Cruz, who is tailing as a distant third in the latest poll. While Cruz’s chances of winning the state are slim, he is heavily courting one specific voter group: Orthodox Jews.
The way the 95 New York GOP delegates are divided relies heavily on the results of individual congressional district and not the overall state performance. That’s why even a relatively small group can make a big difference. And orthodox Jews tend to vote Republican and conservative, which is why they stand out among the many Democrats in liberal New York.
And so on Thursday, Cruz visited the “Chabad Matza Bakery” in Brighton Beach, where he tried baking matza with the help of some three year olds.