After a sizeable win in New York's April 19 primary, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump celebrated by saying that fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is effectively unable to become the party's nominee.
"Ted Cruz is mathematically out of winning the race," Trump tweeted on April 20. "Now all he can do is be a spoiler, never a nice thing to do. I will beat Hillary!"
Trump, who won an estimated 89 of the 95 New York delegates up for grabs, currently has 845 of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination, while Cruz has 559 delegates but is yet to pick up any from New York, according to an April 21 delegate count from Real Clear Politics.
"Sen. Cruz has just about been mathematically eliminated," Trump said during his April 19 New York victory speech, according to Politico.
Without a contested convention, Cruz will be mathematically blocked from securing the nomination; however, that is only if unbound Pennsylvania delegates are not counted. In the April 26 Pennsylvania primary, only 17 delegates are pledged. The remaining 54 are not bound to any candidate.
But Cruz would have to win 101 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to clinch the GOP nomination without a contested convention, according to CNN. The next five states do not favor Cruz, who tends to perform best in heavily conservative, evangelical areas.
Pundits have said that Cruz's best shot is to prevent Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates, thus ensuring a contested convention. If this occurs, Cruz may have the upper hand, since he has been working hard to win over the convention delegates.
"It is important to keep up some momentum," Ellen Sauerbrey, a former U.S. ambassador and longtime Maryland GOP powerbroker who is backing Cruz, said, according to CNN. "If it looks like Trump is having a clean sweep for the next two weeks, that undermines, I think, his campaign's momentum enough to slow it down."
As he beings to campaign in states with upcoming primaries, Cruz's tone has remained optimistic.
"Tonight, I'm speaking to you from Philadelphia," Cruz said from the National Constitution Center. "And we can learn a great deal about a path forward by focusing on the passionate disputes and disagreements among our founding fathers -- differences that were put aside only because of the weight and consequence of the principles they sought to proclaim and the price to be paid if they failed to rise to the task."