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Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference on Tuesday in New York.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures at her presidential primary election night rally on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
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WASHINGTON (AP):

With five convincing victories in hand, Donald Trump strength-ened his grip on the Republican primary race and pushed tantalisingly close to a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton. The Democratic front-runner is now 90 per cent of the way to her party's nomination after four solid victories of her own on Tuesday.

The Republican race now turns to Indiana, where next week's primary marks one of Texas Senator Ted Cruz's last chances to slow Trump and push the race towards a contested convention. While Trump does need to keep winning in order to stay on his narrow path to the GOP nomination, he declared himself the party's "presumptive nominee" after Tuesday's results rolled in.

"It's over. As far as I'm concerned, it's over," he declared.

The real estate mogul now has 77 per cent of the delegates he needs.