Democrat Hillary Clinton was aiming for at least a double-digit victory over Bernie Sanders, a margin that would mean the Vermont senator would need to capture about three-quarters of the remaining delegates to have a chance at his party’s nomination.
Trump was looking beyond the New York contest, where polls consistently gave him a lead of about 30 points.
“Frankly, you know, we’re in a position where we’d like to see if we can close it out,” the real-estate magnate said on “Fox & Friends” before casting a ballot for himself for the first time at the Central Synagogue on West 55th Street.
When a volunteer handed him a ballot, Trump waved the voting slip at cameras, quipping, “Secret ballot,” as if there were any doubt what he would do. “It’s a great honor, really, who would have thought,” Trump said of marking a spot next to his own name.
“I’m so excited about both campaigning here in New York, voting here in New York and I love New York,” she said.
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But Sanders — who voted last month in Vermont — told reporters in Times Square that New York’s election rules are antiquated because independents can’t vote in the Democratic primary. When independents were allowed in other states, Sanders typically won their votes by large margins.
Early exit polls showed that 92 percent of GOP voters were worried about the economy and 39 percent believed the divisive primary energized the party, while 57 percent thought it divided the GOP.
On the Democratic side, 85 percent worried about the economy and 68 percent said the primary season energized the party, with only 27 percent called it divisive.
Ted Cruz was struggling to stay out of third place in the GOP race behind John Kasich — a situation that was just fine with Rep. Peter King (R-LI).
“I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination,” King joked on MSNBC. King also had harsh words for Trump.
“If he wants the support of Republicans, he’s got to get more substance. He’s got to really learn what he’s talking about. He can’t just be talking off the top of his head and making these reckless charges,” King said.
The high-flying Trump ran into an issue with one of his planes after it was disclosed its registration had expired in January because a renewal fee hadn’t been paid.
The aircraft in violation was not Trump’s Boeing 757, the renovated commercial jet that the billionaire sometimes uses as a backdrop for his rallies. Instead, it was a 1997 Cessna Citation X, a far smaller plane used to visit smaller airports.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the problem would soon be resolved.
“The standard renewal process is just about complete,” she said.
Anticipating a loss, Sanders left the Big Apple for rallies in Erie, Pa., and at Penn State in advance of the Keystone State’s primary on April 26.
Trump and Clinton also planned to return to the campaign trail Wednesday — with the Manhattan tycoon heading to rallies in Indiana and Maryland and the former first lady making a stop in downtown Philadelphia.
Cruz will hold a rally Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pa.