New York: A Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton fight for the White House became one step closer to reality after they won the New York primary.
The Republican appeared to be headed for a landslide victory in his home state as he led on 65.1 percent to 13.7 percent for his evangelical rival Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich on 21.2 percent, with nine percent of the vote counted.
Clinton faced a much tougher fight in the Democrat primary as she had 60.5 percent of the vote, against 39.5 percent for Bernie Sanders.
Addressing a victory party, Trump said, "I have to say to the people that know me the best -- the people of New York -- when they give us this kind of a vote it`s just incredible."
On the other hand, Clinton had banked on victory in her adopted home state to stall the momentum generated by her self-styled democratic socialist rival and get a needed shot in the arm after losing seven out of the eight previous nominating contests.
The three main candidates also claimed New York as home: Trump, who has never lived anywhere else; Clinton, who was twice elected the state`s US senator; and Sanders, who was raised in Brooklyn.