RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won the North Carolina presidential primaries Tuesday, pushing their campaigns closer to firm command in their respective battles for their nominations.
The Associated Press said the Clinton win added to her run of victories in the South over rival Bernie Sanders.
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s North Carolina victory added to triumphs in Florida and Ohio in what were likely knockout blows to the hopes of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Republican Ted Cruz came in a close second to Trump in North Carolina. Cruz has yet to win a state Tuesday.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich won his home state to keep his campaign alive, but Trump’s big wins could prove to be too much to overcome.
Indeed, Trump sounded like someone who was looking to end the bitter battle for the nomination and start looking to the fall.
“We have to bring our party together,” Trump said in a speech following his victories on Tuesday.
The Florida win was especially significant. Trump dealt a devastating blow to GOP rival Marco Rubio, a Senator from that state. Rubio suspended his campaign after the loss.
Trump, meanwhile, touted his staying power in a race in which he has steadily gained momentum.
“I shot right to the top of the polls and have been leading in the polls since June, almost without fail,” Trump said.
Clinton has dominated Sanders in the South, previously capturing wins in South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.
She has a significant delegate lead over Sanders, who has turned in stronger showings in the Midwest and other Western states.
Some Sanders supporters in Durham were still hopeful, saying, “There is still time for a revolution” at a Sanders event at Tyler’s Restaurant and Tap Room in Durham.
A total of 72 Republic delegates were up for grabs Tuesday in North Carolina, with 121 Democrat delegates available.
On the Republican side, a candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.
A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win the nomination at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.