Posted: 9:44 pm Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
A day after crushing his two remaining Republican rivals in his home state of New York, Donald Trump hit the road on Wednesday, trying to make sure he gains even more momentum next week when five states hold primaries on April 26.
“Who is going to vote on Tuesday?” Trump said to cheers in a rally in the town of Berlin on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
After referring to Ted Cruz as “Senator” in his Tuesday night speech, Trump was back to verbal jabs against the Texas Senator.
“There is no path for Lyin’ Ted Cruz to get the nomination,” Trump said, as he reveled in the cheers from the crowd.
“There’s no rallies like Trump rallies,” he said with a big grin, channeling Ethel Merman.
Ted Cruz is mathematically out of winning the race. Now all he can do is be a spoiler, never a nice thing to do. I will beat Hillary!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2016
Five states vote next week on April 26 – Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island, with 172 delegates at stake for the GOP.
Before making his stop in Maryland, Trump held a rally in Indianapolis – looking ahead to the key primary in the Hoosier State on May 3.
Trump will be in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
As for Ted Cruz, he hit the Keystone State on Wednesday, using a rally in Hershey to again make the case that Trump is all talk and little in the way of actual plans and specifics.
“You know, it’s easy to talk about making America great again,” Cruz told supporters, riffing off of the campaign motto of Donald Trump.
Cruz will be in Frederick, Maryland on Thursday.
Trump is the favorite in all five states that vote on April 26:
+ Pennsylvania has the most delegates at 71, but voters must also vote directly for 54 of those delegates, which could produce a different outcome than in the preference primary
+ Maryland has 38 delegates, some awarded for winning the state, some for the individual Congressional districts. Trump will be weakest in the suburbs around Washington, D.C., but the district lines there are ultra-wiggly, which may help diffuse that opposition.
+ Connecticut offers 28 delegates – it’s a state where Trump needs to finish over 50 percent to have a chance for a sweep.
+ Rhode Island has 19 delegates, but because of the rules in that state, the 6 district delegates are likely to be divided 2-2-2 among Trump, Cruz and Kasich.
+ Delaware has 16 delegates in a true winner-take-all primary vote; Trump would seem to be the favorite for that.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.