Trump rolls unrivaled, Sanders takes West Virginia


WASHINGTON: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cruised to victory in two more states Tuesday, while Bernie Sanders beat rival Democrat Hillary Clinton in West Virginia, bolstering his case for remaining in the race. Massive wins in West Virginia and Nebraska put Trump ever closer to clinching the 1,237 delegates he needs to be declared the party’s nominee at its convention in July. “Thank you West Virginia!” and “Thank you Nebraska!” he said in a pair of tweets. Now the sole Republican candidate in the contest after his remaining rivals dropped out last week, Trump is transitioning from the fierce primary battles with the likes of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to a general election showdown with Clinton, even amid deep Republican discord about the celebrity billionaire. With Republican concern about their nominee sizzling, a Quinnipiac University poll out Tuesday showed Trump closing in on Clinton’s lead in two major battleground states—Florida and Pennsylvania—and overtaking her in swing state Ohio. No candidate has won the presidential election without taking at least two of those three states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seized on the polls, telling reporters, “the early indications are that our nominee is likely to be very competitive.”



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