US Audio Analysis: Assessing Trump and Clinton’s Victories in New York

PHOTO: Donald Trump moves closer to Republican nomination after New York victory — but it’s far from assured


Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big in New York on Tuesday night, but what does it mean for the Republican and Democratic contests for the US Presidency?

I joined BBC Radio Foyle and BBC World Service on Wednesday to work through that question.

The easy answer is on the Democratic side, where Clinton’s 15-point win over Bernie Sanders should confirm what we have known for weeks: she will be running for the White House in November.

See also US Analysis: Clinton Wins Big in New York, But Battle for Democratic Party’s Soul Continues

Despite Trump’s triumph with 60% of the vote, the outcome is not so clear-cut for the Republicans. The businessman has to keep winning big — starting with Pennsylvania next Tuesday and culminating with California on June 7 — to get a majority of delegates, or at least close enough where his dedicated opponents cannot prevent him from crossing the line at the GOP Convention in July.

Listen to discussion with BBC Radio Foyle
Listen to discussion with BBC World Service

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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