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Trump Sweeps East Coast Primaries, Clinton Wins 4 of 5

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware take their turn in the 2016 presidential primary parade.
Image: US Republican candidate Donald Trump speaks about five-state primary voting results in New York, New York
Donald Trump discusses primary voting results from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, during a speech in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on April 26.JUSTIN LANE / EPA

Donald Trump swept all five Republican primary contests held Tuesday, racking up significant wins in Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also got close to a sweep in contests in the same states, winning in four of the five northeastern state primaries. Clinton prevailed in Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania, while NBC News projected a win for Sanders in Rhode Island.

The victories for Trump are sure to translate into bigger-than-expected delegate hauls that will move him closer to clinching his party’s nomination. Rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich had hoped to rob Trump of as many delegates as possible by notching strong performances in favorable pockets of each state, but even those small victories largely failed to materialize.

In a press conference, Trump told reporters that he does consider himself "the presumptive nominee" at this point.

Clinton also turned her attention to the general election, calling for party unity in her remarks Tuesday night even as Sanders vowed to press on with his campaign despite all-but-impossible odds of catching his rival in the delegate race.

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