WASHINGTON (AP): The Latest on campaign 2016 following the New York state primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he would back Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, even though he endorsed Ted Cruz.
Walker told reporters Wednesday that he will support whoever is the nominee, even if it’s Trump. Trump criticized Walker and his record as governor while campaigning in Wisconsin, a state that Cruz won by 13 points.
Walker endorsed Cruz the week before Wisconsin’s April 5 election, cut a television ad and campaigned alongside him.
Walker had repeatedly said before he endorsed Cruz that he would support whoever gets the GOP nomination. His spokesman Joe Fadness said Tuesday that nothing had changed.
On Wednesday Walker stressed that he remains a big backer of Cruz, but that any Republican would be preferable to Democrat Hillary Clinton as president.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Indiana for political meetings with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
New Jersey Republican Party spokesman Pete Sheridan said Wednesday Christie will participate in political meetings with Trump, but did not give further details.
Christie is scheduled to return to New Jersey later Wednesday and appear on his monthly regular radio interview program.
Christie last appeared with Trump on the trail in March, missing the funeral of a New Jersey state trooper and drawing criticism. Christie responded saying the criticism was expected and that he planned to attend a groundbreaking elsewhere in New Jersey even if he were in the state.
Christie said earlier this week if Trump asks for his help and he is able to go, he would.
A statement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office said Wednesday that Pence will be meeting with Trump on ahead of his Indianapolis rally.
Supporters at a Pennsylvania rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz say they aren’t overly concerned about his third-place finish in the New York primary.
Several people waiting Wednesday morning for the Texas senator to arrive at an event inside the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, attributed the results to Donald Trump’s home state support.
Nathan Herr of Washington Boro says Cruz hardly campaigned in New York and it was “a foregone conclusion” that Trump would do well there.
Military veteran Wendell Ritchie says he sees Cruz as “a straight shooter” who doesn’t pull punches, and hopes Cruz will “keep being real.”
Cruz can continue “to pull support from these little towns,” says 36-year-old Jessica Neiger of Stevens, Pennsylvania, who brought her seven children under age 12 to the rally.
With her New York win, Hillary Clinton’s support among superdelegates puts her on track to clinch the Democratic nomination outright before the national convention _ even before results from the California primary, which Bernie Sanders was counting on winning to stand a chance.
Clinton added 33 new endorsements over the past month, according to an Associated Press survey, expanding her overwhelming support among the party officials who can back any candidate, despite Sanders’ recent string of victories in Wisconsin and the West. Sanders picked up seven.
The AP count, including New York:
-Based on primaries and caucuses: Clinton leads, 1,428 to 1,151.
-Including superdelegates: 1,930 to 1,189.
Sanders must win 73 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to get the nomination. It takes 2,383 to win.
Hillary Clinton emerged from New York’s presidential primary closer to clinching the Democratic nomination and becoming the first woman to reach that milestone. Republican Donald Trump strengthened his own path toward the general election with a commanding victory, but has little room for error in the states ahead.
The front-runners hope to replicate their strong showings in New York in the cluster of Northeastern states next up on the primary calendar. Clinton was scheduled to spend Wednesday campaigning in Pennsylvania, while Trump had a rally planned in Maryland, as well as Indiana.
Following her win in New York, Clinton made clear she was focusing on the general election after her unexpectedly competitive primary battle with Bernie Sanders.