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Donald Trump Wins New York Primary, Taking Small But Significant Step Toward Nomination

We may not know for a while how many of the Empire State's 95 delegates will be awarded to Trump.

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Donald Trump, a native of Jamaica Estates, Queens,

Yuge or Proportional Victory in New York?
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has won the Republican Presidential Primary in his home state of New York, according to MSNBC and CNN, though it's too soon to say how many delegates he will be awarded.  

The way New York's 95 Republican delegates are divvied up is complicated, as Matt Welch explained earlier today:

Each of New York's 27 congressional districts—regardless if any actual Republicans live in them—will award three delegates; any candidate winning 50+ percent in that district sweeps all three, but 49.9 percent gets you just two. The same formula is applied to the statewide total, and divvied up between 14 delegates. In plainer English, if Trump wins 50.1 percent in all 27 districts, he gets all 95 of New York's delegates; if he wins 49.9 percent, he gets just 61. That 34-delegate swing alone is larger than the number Trump won with his runaway romp in the state of Tennessee.

Entering today, Trump held 743 delegates, putting him ahead of his remaining rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), who has 517, and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) who has 143. 1,237 delegates is the magic number to clinch the GOP nomination.

For much of the past four weeks, Trump polled at just over 50 percent in New York, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich hovered at around 22 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump's closest rival in total delegates but hamstrung by his infamous "New York values" comment at a debate in January, has had trouble breaking 18 percent in the Empire State.

It should be noted that Trump had one of his most "winning" moments on any debate stage when he invoked the stoic solidarity of New Yorkers after 9/11 in response to Cruz's "New York values" dig. However, last night at a rally in Buffalo, Trump suffered a brain-fart, blowing a good amount of his 9/11 street credibility when he referred to that fateful day as "7/11."

Trump currently enjoys a lead of twenty percent over Cruz in next week's winner-take-all Pennsylvania primary, where 71 delegates will be at stake. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island will also hold Republican primaries next Tuesday, with 101 combined delegates at stake. 

No upcoming contest looms larger than California, which will hold its primary on June 7 with 172 delegates to be awarded proportionally. Trump presently holds an eighteen percent lead over Cruz in the Golden State. 

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  1. Trump suffered a brain-fart, blowing a good amount of his 9/11 street credibility when he referred to that fateful day as “7/11.”

    Are you fucking kidding me? That’s hilarious!

    1. I simply cannot make a clean, inoffensive joke with these materials.

      1. SOUTH ASIANS DID 7/11!. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

        1. It had to be the South Asians. Everyone knows Jet Li can’t melt steel beams.

          1. I don’t know what you’re going on about, I just repeat what Joe Biden tells me to say.

          2. Jet Li can’t melt steel beams

            Calling Swiss. Narrowed gaze needed on Aisle 3.

            1. *pinch hits for Swiss….narrows gaze….*

    2. Are we talking about the accidents that happened on that day?

      1. At least she has her looks to…
        Oh.

      1. ….people died

    3. I’ve bitten into Hot Pockets that were hot enough to melt steel, yo.

    4. Donald knows it was actually turban wearing Indians driving a slushy machine that brought down the towers.

  2. The Trumpsexuals showed up for their guy.

    1. I am just continually dumbfounded at this point. Who are these people who are actually voting for Trump? Are they really serious that they think he will make a good president, despite enormous evidence to the contrary? And even worse, why vote for him knowing that he is the one person who can make Hillary president by being the GOP nominee?

      For years I’ve defended Republicans against my liberal friends saying that they weren’t knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers, and now they go and make me look like a fool.

      1. I’ll bite. I’m one of those people who’s actually gonna vote for Trump. Although I will secretly hope that Reince Prebius is a covert supergenius who actually orchestrating the Draft Rand movement behind the scenes for a brokered convention that makes no side altogether happy but appeases all (I believe Rand would be the one candidate the Trump acolytes would get behind).

        Do I believe Trump will be a good president, “despite enormous evidence to the contrary”? I’m not sure what the enormous evidence to the contrary is other than the fact that the US is maybe batting .100 in good presidents. But I also don’t think he’ll represent any irreconcilably bad presidency either. I never understand how people invest so much hope or fear into any given political candidate. I generally think that even the “fringe” candidates like a Ron Paul, Kucinich, Bernie, etc. who have more theoretical and revolutionary policy ideas if elected would find themselves governing in a way that represents a level of continuity that their supporters would feel let down by (and that their detractors wouldn’t really acknowledge).

        The fact is that the system itself is larger than any of the cogs, no matter how crucial.

        1. Moreover, I tend to think the fundamental battleground isn’t really politics and policy (those are merely symptomatic of root causes). I think the fundamental issue with America, and the West writ large, is this sort of socio-cultural Orwellian creep of SJW crimethink policing.

          And I’ll readily concede that Trump is hardly a free-speech purist or even lukewarm ally. He’d probably support weakening of libel laws and cracking down on vaguely incendiary Islamist speech that I’d be more forgiving of. But I’ll only reiterate that I don’t think those political actions, as important as they may be, are as crucial as the larger culture. They’ll be fought in the political arena, congress will vote, judges will hear cases. All of the policy is shifted so far downstream and diluted through sundry levels of govt that nothing unexpectedly offense can emerge from it anymore. The nature of the American system of governance is incremental, diffuse, and defined by continuity.

          But in the media age, it has become more than just the policy itself, even if that is to the chagrin of us more serious and considerate. But it is nevertheless both a mirror of and a driver of the larger cultural zeitgeist of its people. And the cultural shift a Trump presidency would create in the regressive thought police and grievance industry is enough to merit his vote.

          1. Well said. I agree 100%.

            1. Of course you do.

          2. All of the policy is shifted so far downstream and diluted through sundry levels of govt that nothing unexpectedly offense [sic] can emerge from it anymore

            If this was true, there would be no reason to vote for Trump in the first place. The primary reason for supporting him, as a candidate for President, is to change the direction of government policy. That on its face implies some level of offensiveness already exists.

            And if you think the machinery of government might curtail Trump from doing anything offensive, then you are historically ignorant in the extreme. Never mind the sitting President obviously contradicting such a point, a closer historical example would be Nixon. In fact, I’d say the same cultural factors that propelled Nixon to the Presidency in 1968 are at play again. And that man created the EPA and enacted price controls.

            This is a pissing contest between “your” faction and “their” faction for who gets to control the zeitgeist. But any victory is fleeting. Just as the “permanent Democratic majority” and “era of racial healing” never came to be, neither will Trump truly stymie the regressive thought police and grievance industry. He doesn’t represent their antithesis; he is their essence, distilled and adapted to a different audience.

          3. Trump is a boon to the SJWs. He gives their arguments more credibility than they should have every time he opens his mouth. Him getting elected isn’t going to somehow defeat them, and if is a terrible president it will help them even more.

        2. Shhh… you’re not supposed to notice that.

        3. I will secretly hope that Reince Prebius is a covert supergenius who actually orchestrating the Draft Rand movement behind the scenes for a brokered convention that makes no side altogether happy but appeases all (I believe Rand would be the one candidate the Trump acolytes would get behind).

          I know this is a daydream, but I have to remind you that your favored candidate exudes all the charisma of a limp trout and does not have the ability to motivate turnout. Lastly, having little clout in the core establishment, he’s not going to be anointed at the convention. Even if he were, a lot of the partisans would melt back into the woodwork and just not bother to show up come november.

  3. I saw them call it for Trump with “0% of precinct reporting”. WTF?

    1. That’s what you call winning.

    2. I was yuuuuuuuugggggeeeee!!!!!!!

  4. a native of Jamaica Estates, Queens

    Expected concern-trolling from the NYT and I wasn’t disappointed.

  5. Derpwatch: But What About the Children? Campaign

    It’s an anti-marijuana legalization group.

    It appears to be a real advocacy group. No word on whether the president of is Helen Lovejoy.

    http://www.butwhataboutthechildren.org/

    1. Sue Rusche. If you were ever charged or convicted for possession of drug paraphernalia you can “thank” her.

  6. WTF, not only is Cruz losing to Trump, he’s losing to the guy who goysplained the Bible to some Jewish Talmud students.

    1. Screw it, pass the crack, maybe things will begin to make some sense.

      (NOTE: That was strictly a joke)

      1. The Glass Pipe Fallacy- an idea which makes sense if you’ve been smoking crack.

      2. (anyway, it’s homebrewed artisanal craft crack)

      3. Cough syrup in above-recommended doses also works. That or beer.

        1. I had some LSD, and the three-headed manticore just told me the voters of New York are acting weird.

          /just a joke

          1. That’s just what the manticore wants you to think. All is going according to plan.

            *starts looking intently at… something*

    2. Cruz seems to do great, just so long as the election doesn’t involve actual voters.

      1. Except, of course, the voters in the precinct, county, and state conventions, who have informed themselves about the process and engaged in the process of selecting delegates.

    3. Teddy was a little tired after all those no vote landslides.

    4. I really, really hate Kasich.

      1. He is such an asshole. I hate him too. But I almost think the Republicans deserve him.

        1. Don’t make me leave the country.

          1. I have two sets of two one-way tickets to Australia in December: two in First and two in Business. I’ll cancel one of them at some point: if you have lots of miles, we can coordinate.

            1. Australia will make me wait on an island outside Oz while they process all my paperwork and look into my backstory.

              And that is precisely why I want to live under that govt if I have to live under any.

              1. Pants Shitting Island?

                The bestest gubmints to live under are the authoritarian nationalist gubmints.

              2. And that is precisely why I want to live under that govt if I have to live under any.

                And if they ever stop doing that, you’ll have the right to defend yourself the right to speak your mind kangaroos?

                You didn’t think this through, did you?

      2. But do you hate him more than the idea of President Hillary?

    5. Kasich, as an Ohio Republican, is about as conservative as a New York Republican. Both of which are slightly less Republican than a Georgia Democrat.

      1. Yet still more conservative than a Manhattan Democrat insider like Donald Trump.

  7. LOL – 3 people so far voted for Ben Carson.

    1. I was going to make a Spot the Not for anti-capitalism quotes, but this one is just too good to wait:

      “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

      -Fidel Castro

      1. oops- clicked the wrong button

      2. So he’s mad because socialism lacks the competition part?

      3. because it causes… hypocrisy and competition.”

        Like the Olympics and FIFA.

        1. “war, hypocrisy and competition”

          One of these things is not like the others.

          1. I would say none of them is like any of the others.

  8. “winner-take-all Pennsylvania primary”
    No, it isn’t. GOP Presidential vote is a beauty contest. GOP voters cast ballots for delegates too and those delegates are essentially unpledged though many claim they will vote on the first ballot for whomever won their
    congressional district. In 2008 and 2012, many seemingly solid Ron Paul delegates had their arms twisted at the convention to vote for McCain or Romney. Those who stood firm were ignored and their vote for RP was not announced on the floor.

    1. I’m hoping that Cruz has people at the polls handing out a list of his delegates. The are 18 candidates for the 3 spots in the 12th CD where I live.

  9. the stoic solidarity of New Yorkers after 9/11

    Never forget! And holy crap are they never going to let you forget the worst thing ever in the history of the universe. Jesus Christ on the cross never suffered as New York suffered on that day. But do you ever hear a single word out of them about the torment and the anguish and the gut-wrenching horror of 9/11? Pah! True New Yorkers consider such things as that just an ordinary mild inconvenience in their daily lives and think nothing of it so much as to ever bring the matter up at all. Why, you stop the average man on the street in Manhattan and ask him about 9/11 and like as not he’ll have no idea what you’re talking about until you remind him of the significance of that date. No, if you want someone to wax homerically of that day you’ll need to find someone else to speak of the millions of brave heroes amongst the police, the fire-fighters, the EMTs and the first responders, the doctors, nurses, lawyers, stockbrokers and mail clerks, the newsboys, the cabbies, the hot dog sellers and the ice-cream vendors, the bootblacks and the doormen, the dog-walkers, the bicycle messengers, the panhandlers and the transvestite hookers, the longshoremen, the oyster shuckers and the comatose opium fiends nodding off in their dens – every last man jack of them a by god true superhero – for the average New Yorker shant speak a word of it. Because that’s just how stoic those magnificent bastards are.

    1. I was more impressed by the fact they didn’t burn down their city during the big power outage two years later.

    2. Show us on the doll where New York touched you.

      1. If I show you my tax bills, does that count?

  10. You can’t make this shit up: there’s a Trump Senior Advisor on Fox news right now named Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    1. Not as good as Flo Santorum.

    1. That’s the oldest trick in the book.

  11. Time for Kasich to do the right thing and drop out already.

    And any establishment Republican who votes for Kasich has no business accusing Libertarians of throwing their votes away.

    1. By all accounts Kaisch really is that spiteful, petty and nasty. He’s the Republican the party deserves.

      1. I’d like to see a debate between Clinton and Kasich- The Devil Wears Pantsuit vs. The Human Sleeping Pill

    2. Kasich has a better chance than Cruz of denying Trump delegates in the April 26th states. After that though, he’s just helping Trump.

  12. To be fair to Trumpster Fire, there are a lot of angry ragheads at 7-11, too.

  13. Wasn’t Kasich considered quite the radical back in 1995? So all the “radical Republicans” turn out to be shitheads. Doesn’t give me much Reason (drink!) to have optimism for the Republican Party.

    Of course in American politics wanting the budget in 10 years from now to be less than it is today is right-wing fascist extremism.

  14. Come on! Elect Trump already and burn it down. Burn it all down!

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