US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after speaking in New York on April 19, 2016. 
Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after speaking in New York on April 19, 2016. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD

New York: Donald Trump has won a crushing victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York, bolstering his bid to clinch the party’s presidential nomination, US networks projected.

Television channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC projected the Manhattan billionaire the victor in the primary seconds after the polls closed.

US networks said yesterday it was too early to call the Democratic primary between former secretary of state and New York senator Hillary Clinton and Brooklyn-born Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, signalling a tighter race.

CNN said Trump won the Republican primary with 68.6 percent of the vote, streets ahead of his evangelical rival Ted Cruz on 13.6 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich on 17.8 percent, with one percent of the vote counted.

The Empire State Building, one of New York’s most iconic landmarks, was lit up in red, the Republican party’s color, after the networks called Trump’s victory. Trump’s victory on home turf will bolster his quest to sew up the nomination before Republican grandees can swing behind another candidate at the party convention in Cleveland in July.

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