US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump win big in New York primaries

James Nickerson
Follow James
Hillary Clinton Holds New York Primary Night Gathering In Manhattan
Clinton is favourite to become the next President (Source: Getty)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have moved one step further towards a one-on-one battle for the White House after big wins in the New York primaries.

Billionaire Trump looks set to win the state with just over 60 per cent of the vote. He was widely touted to win the state beforehand.

"I have to say to the people that know me the best - the people of New York - when they give us this kind of a vote it's just incredible," Trump said from Trump Tower.

Read more: Would Donald Trump be able to make any changes anyway?

Meanwhile, former New York senator Clinton has garnered just under 58 per cent of the vote.

She said: "New Yorkers, you've always had my back and I've always tried to have yours. Today together we did it again and I am deeply, deeply grateful."

The win puts more space between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, while Trump moves closer to collecting 50 per cent of Republican delegates.

Read more: Do Donald Trump's economic policies stack up?

That's important for Trump because if he does not win 50 per cent of delegates before the GOP National Convention, the Republican establishment could end up picking rival Ted Cruz as the nominee.

Trump is all too aware of that, having said the rules are rigged against him.

Cruz may have done better himself in New York had he not attacked Trump's "New York values" before the vote.

Related articles