Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

Clinton's leads were just as commanding, but she faced a loss to rival Bernie Sanders in the small state of Rhode Island. His dominance quelled - though didn't snuff out - talk that the nomination might be decided at a contested convention. He has indicated that the window for victory has increasingly narrowed, but appeared poised to continue speaking to the issues that have been at the forefront of his campaign: combating income inequality, making college tuition free and rolling back the influence of Wall Street and corporations in USA politics. So has Bernie Sanders' stubbornness, as his campaign vowed to stay in the race through to the California primary and Cleveland convention.

"They have no path to victory at all", he said.

If Cruz, a US senator from Texas, can win a large share of the state's 57 delegates on May 3, it will boost the chances that Trump will not be able to amass the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination before the party's convention in July. He's only been winning 38 percent.

Tuesday morning the Sanders' campaign sent out a fundraising letter featuring a photo of Trump and Clinton together.

Asked at a news conference if he considers himself the Republican party's "presumptive nominee", Trump said: "I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely". Hillary Clinton is 90 percent of the way to the delegates needed for the nomination. "Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the 'woman card, ' then deal me in!".

Another Tuesday, another triumph for Donald Trump. After his huge victory in NY last week, that means he has won around 200 delegates in the last seven days. In Pennsylvania, exit polls showed almost four in 10 Republican voters said they would be excited by Mr Trump becoming president, but a quarter said they were scared by the prospect.

Clinton kept her focus firmly on the general election as she spoke to supporters Tuesday night, urging Sanders' loyal supporters to help her unify the Democratic Party and reaching out to GOP voters who may be unhappy with their party's options.

Sanders said he has no plans to stop his attacks on Clinton. I'm like a very smart person.

"I'm not changing. I went to the best schools". That means presidential candidates have to recruit potential delegates to run and make sure that voters know that, say, a vote for an unbound delegate named John Smith is really a vote for Texas Sen.

"The way we do delegates for the Democratic party, the real key member will be the 5th Congressional District vote", said Centre County Democratic Party Chairman Greg Stewart.

"Voters can figure out what they want to do".

Clinton was leading Sanders in the pre-election polls by an average of 16 points in Pennsylvania and 24 points in Maryland. Sanders would need two-thirds of all remaining pledged delegates to overtake Clinton in that count. It takes 2,383 to win the Democratic nomination.

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