The Associated Press reported on Wednesday night that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been mathematically eliminated from the first ballot in the GOP nomination process – by the numbers.
The math didn’t add up for Cruz as real estate mogul Donald Trump commanded the Republican vote in his home state of New York on Tuesday. The race was literally called in a “New York second” in favor of the GOP front-runner, just as polls closed.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich beat Cruz out taking 25 percent of the overall vote and earning at least three delegates.
Of the 95 total New York GOP delegates on the block, Trump garnered 89 as of Wednesday night’s tally with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Ted Cruz was in danger of being shut out.
The math played out, there aren’t enough delegates left in future contests for either Cruz or Kasich to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination. Their only hope is to block Trump and force a contested convention.
The candidates move on to the April 26 5-state primary marathon with voters in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware heading to the polls.
The AP delegate count:
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on April 20, 2016.