Trump claims every Pa. county in primary win

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 27, 2016 1:29 AM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens at left. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Harrisburg) -- Donald Trump says that the Republican nomination contest is ``over'' as he turned his focus to his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. 

``I call her crooked Hillary,'' he said in a speech Tuesday in New York following his five-state sweep. He said of the Republican nomination contest: ``it's over. As far as I'm concerned it's over.''

He vowed to do more for women than Clinton will if elected president and he reiterated his criticism of her handling of the security situation at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

He repeatedly called on Clinton's Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, to run as an independent, saying ``I think he'd do great.''

Donald Trump says Pennsylvania's 54 free-agent delegates to the Republican National Convention have a ``moral obligation'' to vote for him given his commanding victory in Tuesday's primary election.

Trump wins at least 17 of the state's 71 Republican delegates. The other 54 can vote for whomever they want at this summer's nominating convention.

Trump said in his victory speech Tuesday night that ``we not only won, we won big'' in Pennsylvania. He says ``there's a moral obligation, at least on the first round (of convention balloting), to support the person who won.''

The earlier story:

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, giving the billionaire businessman a boost in a critical night as he seeks to shut out his opponents.

Trump's win in Pennsylvania, the biggest prize in Tuesday's five contests, lends a boost to his embattled campaign which is facing a growing challenge from rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich who announced this week that they are teaming up to thwart his rise.

While the Republican winner in Pennsylvania gets 17 delegates up front, the other 54 are directly elected by voters.

They are allowed to support any candidate they choose at the national convention, but their names are listed on the ballot with no information about whom they support, meaning that voters who haven't studied up on their choices will be voting blind.

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