New York: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump improved his chances of winning the party nomination on Tuesday night after registering a commanding victory in the New York primary, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton snapped Senator Bernie Sanders's winning streak and took an important step toward clinching the nomination, the media reported.
The win gives Clinton and Trump edge over their rivals Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz and solidify their frontrunner status after a series of losses recently. It also resoundingly answers questions about their command of the race.
Trump's win means he could sweep the state's 95 delegates and position himself to win the Republican nomination without going through a contested convention in July.
Clinton's win could blunt Sanders' momentum once and for all and leave Sanders with a tough decision on how to proceed as she extends her overwhelming lead in the Democratic race.
"Today you prove once again there is no place like home...
This win is personal," said Clinton, joined by her husband ex- president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea, in her victory speech. "The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight."
Calling out Trump and Cruz for their remarks against Muslims and women, she said, "Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have a vision for our country that's divisive and dangerous- rounding up immigrants or banning Muslims is just not who we are."
"Threatening to ban Muslims" and treating American-Muslims like "criminal" go against "everything America stands for."
"We are about lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. Our country is at its best when we come together -- no one knows that better than New Yorkers," she said.
In a passing reference to Sanders, Clinton said it was not enough to just diagnose the problem. "America is a problem-solving nation. We have set progressive goals for creating more jobs and providing dignity and pride," she said.
As polls closed, media reports said that controversial billionaire Trump, 69, and Clinton, 68, have won.
Clinton, who was senator of New York for eight years, was conformably ahead of Sanders, 74, winning 59.3 per cent of the votes so far, way ahead of 40.8 per cent votes won by Sanders.
Sanders in a tweet said that he was looking ahead to the northeast and mid-Atlantic states that vote next week.
"Thank you to all those who came out tonight in New York! Onward to five more states voting next week," he tweeted.