Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump suffered a big loss in Wisconsin to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, but the billionaire businessman is poised for a string of big victories in upcoming primaries on the East Coast.
In April, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut will hold primary contests. And Trump has a significant advantage over his opponents in every state that has recent polls, including New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. He also has leads in older polls for Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Given Cruz's recent surge, and campaign missteps from Trump, those polls may not be good predictors of upcoming primaries.
In the three biggest states, Trump hasn't been hurt much. In New York, the biggest state in the April contests, an Emerson College poll has Trump with 56 percent of the vote and both Cruz and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio clocking in at 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively. If Trump wins more than 50 percent of the New York vote, he could get every one of the state's 95 delegates.
In Pennsylvania, which is worth 71 delegates, Trump has the support of 39 percent of Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. That's a 9-point lead over Cruz, who has 30 percent, and a 15-point lead over Kasich, who has 24 percent.
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And in Maryland, Trump has 41 percent,, compared with Kasich’s 31 percent and Cruz’s 22 percent, according to a Washington Post/University of Maryland poll.
Connecticut doesn't have a recent poll, but last time a survey was done, by Emerson College in November 2015, Trump was on top by 18 percent, although many more candidates were still in the race at that time. Also, Trump won the Connecticut Republican straw poll in January.
Trump also had an 18-point lead in Rhode Island when Brown University conducted a poll in February.
Republican candidates need 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination. Trump currently has 743 and Cruz has 517. Kasich, who has been mathematically eliminated from the possibility of winning enough delegates, has 143.
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The New York primary will be April 19. The other April states will vote on the 26th.