NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent a few hours relishing in their victories in their home state, but now they are back to work, doing all they can to guarantee they will be the ones on their party’s ticket come November. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie even flew out to Indiana for meetings with Trump on Tuesday.
Both candidates pulled off double digit victories and racked up the majority of delegates in what both campaigns viewed as essential wins in the Empire State.
CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported that Clinton needs only about 30 percent of the remaining delegates to lock in the Democratic nomination, while Trump needs 57 percent to avoid a convention fight.
Campaigning in Indianapolis Wednesday, Trump still crowed about his victory.
“The vote was incredible. It was record-setting, and it’s New York,” Trump said. “And you know what’s nice, they know me. They know the good, the bad, they know me and they’re tough.”
Trump picked up 89 of New York’s 95 delegates. Four went to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and zero went to Sen. Ted Cruz.
Cruz and Kasich cannot win the nomination outright, hoping only to block Trump and force a convention fight.
“Lyin’ Ted. Lies, oh, he lies. You know Ted, he brings the bible, puts it down, and lies,” Trump said.
The billionaire Queens native is hoping to ride the momentum all the way to the Republican National Convention in July.
The GOP front-runner is confident he will have the most delegates, and even if he doesn’t get exactly all of the 1,237 votes needed he said the Republican Party has no right to deny him the nomination.
“Nobody should take delegates and claim victory unless they get those delegates with voters and voting,” Trump said.
Christie flew out to Indiana for “political” meetings with Trump. A spokesperson for the governor would give no further details about the meeting or why Trump sought Christie’s counsel.
Christie did not appear on stage with Trump at his rally.
Trump’s opponents are not letting his latest win deter their campaigns. Trump won among men and women, college grads and blue collar workers, but it was Kasich who led Trump in Manhattan most of the night, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
“When you have these sky high negatives, nobody’s voting for you,” Kasich said.
Kasich believes he can capture the nomination if it goes to a contested convention.
“Since I’m the only one who consistently beats Hillary in every single poll, and they lose in virtually every single poll, I think we’ll have a good future here at the convention,” Kasich said.
On the road in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Ted Cruz said, “Across the country, 65-70 percent of Republicans recognize that Donald Trump is not the best candidate to go head to head with Hillary Clinton.”
Cruz challenged Trump to debate him in Pennsylvania where voters go to the polls next Tuesday.
“Donald, right now, is terrified. It’s the reason Donald won’t debate because he can’t defend his policies,” Cruz said.
For the Democrats, Clinton got the sizable victory she needed after losing the last seven of eight contests to Bernie Sanders.
“Today, you proved once again there’s no place like home,” Clinton said before a cheering crowd at the Sheraton New York near Times Square. “New Yorkers, you’ve always had my back, and I’ve always had yours.”
Clinton said her victory in New York – where she has lived for 15 years and served in the U.S. Senate – is “personal.”
Sanders brushed off the defeat, convinced that he stands a better chance of winning it all in November.
“We beat Donald Trump by wider numbers than she does,” Sanders said.
Exit polls show that Clinton won overwhelmingly among blacks and was strong among women. Sanders pummeled Clinton among voters under 30.
In winning the New York primary Tuesday night, Clinton captured 135 more Democratic delegates.
Sanders took 104 delegates for the Democrats.
Right now Clinton has 1,930 delegates, compared to Sanders’ 1,189. It takes 2,383 for the Democratic nomination.
Clinton will spend the day campaigning in Pennsylvania. A new Monmouth University poll shows her with a 13-point lead in the state.