Republican front-runner Donald Trump suffered a big loss in Wisconsin, but he's poised for a bigger win in his home state of New York.
A Monmouth University poll released April 6 showed Trump trouncing his rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, with 52 percent of the vote, The Hill reported.
Kasich, who has won only in his home state of Ohio, was in second place in the Empire State with 25 percent.
Cruz, Trump's challenger in obtaining enough delegates to win the GOP nomination, was supported by only 17 percent of voters in the poll.
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“If this result holds in every single congressional district, Trump will walk away with nearly all of New York State’s delegates,” Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray said.
New York, a liberal state with socially moderate Republicans, doesn't seem to be attracted to Cruz's brand of evangelical politics.
In addition, Cruz, a Canadian-born Texan, was criticized for mocking the state's values during a debate in January (video below).
“The values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, and focus around money and the media,” Cruz said. “And I guess I can frame it another way: Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan – I'm just sayin.'”
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Trump, a native New Yorker, blasted Cruz for the comments and brought up the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as an example of New Yorkers pulling together for a common good.
"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York," Trump said. “You had two 110-story buildings come crashing down. I saw them come down. Thousands of people killed. And the cleanup started the next day. And it was the most horrific cleanup probably in the history of doing this and in construction. I was down there. And I've never seen anything like it.
“And the people in New York fought and fought and fought. ... And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan. And everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”
New York has 95 delegates up for grabs in the Republican primary, which takes place April 19. Trump currently has 743 delegates, and a strong win in New York would bring him close to the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination.