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|New York Daily News||-|
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appear to be riding an express train to victory in all five contests in Tuesday's "Acela" primary.
The fateful day of contests — nicknamed for Amtrak's high-speed service between Boston and Washington, D.C. because the five states voting are along the route (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware) — is likely to cement both candidates' substantial leads in the races for their nominations, polls show.
Trump and Clinton hold wide leads in all five states, according to a slew of recent surveys, including a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in Pennsylvania showing Trump leading Ted Cruz 45%-27% and Clinton leading Bernie Sanders 55%-40%.
With five victories Tuesday, Clinton would be poised to add a lion's share of the 462 Democratic delegates up for grabs to her current total of 1,941, while Trump would be set to tack on a majority of the 172 GOP delegates at stake to his current total of 845.
To win the GOP nomination outright, Trump must secure 1,237 delegates before the party's July convention. Both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have been mathematically eliminated from reaching that number, meaning their only possible method of getting the nomination lies in a contested convention — which would occur if Trump fails to reach 1,237 on the first ballot of the convention.
Meanwhile, Clinton must secure 2,383 delegates before her party's July convention to win the Democratic nomination outright.
"We are in this race. We are not writing our obituary. We're in this race to California, and we're proud of the campaign we ran," he said on NBC's "Meet The Press."
The pushy Vermont progressive also stopped short of committing to supporting Clinton if and when he exits the race.
"That is totally dependent on what the Clinton platform is and how she responds to the needs of millions of Americans who are sick and tired of establishment politics and establishment economics," he said during a separate interview on ABC's "This Week" after being asked whether he would campaign for Clinton the way Clinton did for Barack Obama in 2008.
"You know, I can't snap my finger and tell people what to do," he added.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, meanwhile, predicted a "really, really good day next Tuesday."
"I think we're in very good shape to have her be the first woman nominee to a major party ticket in this country," he said on "The Cats Roundtable on AM 970 in New York.