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Donald Trump Projected As Winner Of GOP New York Primary

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This victory comes as no surprise as Trump was way ahead in polls prior to the contest.

Besides New York being Trump's home state, Cruz's controversial "New York values" comments, which contributed to a frosty reception during campaign events this month in New York City, likely put the Texas senator in hot water with voters in the Empire State.

Despite Trump's strong lead going into to Tuesday's primary, each candidate made New York a big focus of his campaign. Cruz held events both in the city—visiting a matzah bakery and planning to visit a Bronx school, before that was canceled due to planned student protests—and upstate. Kasich notably enjoyed the Italian fare at a Bronx deli, and his Syracuse rally had to be changed twice to accommodate larger crowds. Each candidates' extended efforts reflected that this presidential primary day was the most important in recent years for New York.