NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Calling him “a potential superstar of vast promise,” the New York Post has endorsed Donald Trump ahead of next week’s New York Republican primary.
“Trump has electrified the public, drawing millions of new voters to the polls and inspiring people who’d given up on ever having a candidate who’d fight for them,” the Post’s editorial board wrote in the op-ed. “That’s the world of the Donald Trump we know – a New Yorker, born and bred.”
The Post wrote that the billionaire Republican front-runner best reflects “New York values.”
“Trump is now an imperfect messenger carrying a vital message. But he reflects the best of ‘New York values’ – and offers the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel betrayed by the political class,” the op-ed read.
The Post mentioned that Trump has made “rookie mistakes,” like saying he would pull American tropps out of Japan and South Korea and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but called his political incorrectness “one of his greatest attractions.”
“Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot – not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned,” the Post’s editorial board wrote.
Earlier this week, the New York Daily News threw its support behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the state’s Republican primary.
A recent Monmouth University poll showed that Trump has a huge lead over his Republican rivals in the upcoming primary, receiving 52 percent of support from likely GOP voters. Kasich was second at 25 percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz only garnered 17 percent.
According to CBS News, Trump has accrued 755 delegates as 1,237 is needed to secure the nomination. Cruz is second at 540, while Kasich has 143.