The upcoming Republican primaries in the north-east are looking good for GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. While several polls show the real estate mogul leading by a wide margin in New York, the good news for Trump does not stop at his home state.
A Monmouth University poll released Thursday is showing Trump with a double-digit lead over his closet competitor Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the state of Pennsylvania. According to the poll, Trump is up by 16-points, with 44% of likely Republican primary voters in Pennsylvania support the billionaire, compared to 28% who back Ted Cruz and 23% who intend to vote for Kasich. The poll also notes that John Kasich does not appear to have a home-field advantage, despite having been born in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.
Another Monmouth University poll is showing Trump with a considerable advantage in the state of Maryland, who which will hold its primary on April 26. According to the poll, which came out on Wednesday, shows 47% of primary voters support Donald Trump compared to 27% for Ohio Governor John Kasich, and 19% for Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Trump’s sizable lead in Maryland’s primary puts him on track to claim all 38 delegates available.
The upcoming primaries will be critical for the GOP candidates. Frontrunner Donald Trump, who currently has 743 delegates, will need 58% of the remaining delegates in order to lock up the nomination before the convention in July. Senator Ted Cruz, who has earned 545 delegates, has a larger hill to climb in order to lock up the nomination. Cruz would need 81% of the remaining delegates to earn the nomination on the first ballot. For Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has 143 delegates, winning the nomination prior to the convention would be a mathematical impossibility, as it would take 128% of the remaining delegates to win before July.