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OFF TO THE RACES: A little premature on “presumptive nominee”
Donald Trump declared himself the "presumptive nominee" after his big wins on Tuesday.
He said that Clinton wouldn't get "five percent of the vote" if she was a man.
From Alex Seitz-Wald: "Onstage in a city where she will in all likelihood will be crowned the Democratic presidential nominee in July, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday moved to embrace Bernie Sanders' supporters as she expanded her already significant delegate lead in the day's primaries. 'With your help, we're going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention," Clinton said to supporters. "We will unify our party to win this election.'"
The math in the New York Times: "One big reason Mr. Trump’s math looks so good is something he has complained mightily about: party rules. In fact, the delegate rules (mostly favoring the winner, as opposed to proportional allocation) worked in his favor on Tuesday, and those rules allowed him to amass nearly half of the pledged delegates heading into the night, despite 38 percent support in the popular vote."
And the Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Trump figures to take at least 110 of the 118 delegates at stake, meaning he has to win 56% of the bound delegates in the 10 states left to vote to claim the GOP nomination on June 7, when the party’s last primaries are to be held in California and four other states. For rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the picture is as bleak as it has ever been in the 2016 campaign."
"Cruz must survive to Cleveland and hope that Trump’s first-ballot strength will be his high-water mark. A defeat in Indiana, though not a mathematical ending to the nomination battle, would nonetheless be a crippling blow to what is left of his strategy for winning," writes Dan Balz in the Washington Post.
A Reuters/Ipsos online poll shows that half of Americans think the nominating system is "rigged."
And other races around the country:
State Sen. Jamie Raskin won the 8th congressional district race in Maryland, the nation's most expensive primary.
And in Pennsylvania, establishment pick Katie McGinty notched a double-digit win over Joe Sestak for the Senate Democratic nod.
And Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was indicted on corruption charges last year, lost his House Democratic primary.
CRUZ: He's still winning in the race for loyal delegates, POLITICO notes.
CLINTON: The New York Times: "Now all but certain to clinch her party’s nomination, Mrs. Clinton will continue to face the criticism of her party rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. But she is expected to move swiftly to claim an early advantage against the leading Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump. Her advisers and allies say she will spend the coming weeks honing her message for the general election, and stepping up fund-raising that has lagged in the face of Mr. Sanders’s challenge."
Her decision to stick out the race to the bitter end in 2008 is coming back to haunt her now.
TRUMP: The Philly Inquirer writes that Trump could put Pennsylvania in play in the general election.
The lawsuit over Trump University will go to trial, a New York judge ruled.