Inside the Beltway: Donald Trump likely to win New York primary

Presidential political theater continues with gusto Among Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen Bernard Sanders are grappling for good press as they approach a significant debate which airs live from Brooklyn on CNN next week just days before the New York primary

Presidential political theater continues with gusto. Among Democrats,Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders are grappling for good press as they approach a significant debate which airs live from Brooklyn on CNN next week, just days before the New York primary. Republicans are having their moments. Following his victory in the Wisconsin primary, Sen. Ted Cruz is standing tall and striking the posture of the establishment candidate, or a reasonable facsimile therein. Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets feisty in concert with the ebb and flow of his poll numbers, and he’s still taking care of business, delivering a State of the State address even as the campaign wars rage.

Which brings us to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who survived Mr. Cruz’s victory parade and now looks to the Empire State for vengeance. A pollster’s crystal ball has a glowing prediction. A new Monmouth University survey declares: “Donald Trump is positioned for a sweeping primary win in his home state of New York. He currently has the support of an outright majority of likely voters, a margin that suggests he could win nearly every delegate awarded by the state.”

The survey found that 52 percent of likely GOP primary voters in New York support Mr. Trump; 25 percent support Mr. Kasich, 17 percent Mr. Cruz. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump has hefty support in the greater New York City region and upstate.

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“If this result holds in every single congressional district, Trump will walk away with nearly all of New York State’s delegates,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth poll.

It’s all in the math: A third of the state’s likely GOP electorate hails from 16 congressional districts covering New York City and Long Island. But this area also accounts for a majority of the state’s 95 delegates. Things look promising for Mr. Trump. See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

CAPITAL TRUCKS

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The nation’s capital is not just a haven for limousines. It’s a truck town. The 440-horsepower Ford Super Duty pickup truck is a big seller in Washington, according to the manufacturer.

“It’s the big stuff that’s selling the most in the D.C. market,” says a Ford spokesman, who notes that recent monthly sales were “exceptionally strong” in the region and up by 23 percent since last year — compared to 12 percent nationally. And about that truck, which weighs over four tons and boasts a V8 turbo-diesel engine. Sales on the Ford Super Duty are up by 41 percent.

“It’s remarkable considering they were down 1 percent nationwide,” says the source, who adds that folks around the nation’s capital also favor the Ford Explorer, with sales up by 47 percent.

FOXIFIED

Talk about a great “get,” to use the parlance of media bookers. FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace will conduct an exclusive sit-down interview with President Obama to air Sunday on FOX Broadcasting stations (check local listings) and on FOX News at 2 p.m. ET, with a repeat broadcast at 6 p.m. This is Mr. Obama’s first interview with the network since 2014, incidentally. On the agenda: the pending Supreme Court nomination, the 2016 election and the matter of presidential legacy. Mr. Wallace previously interviewed the president in 2008 when he was a U.S. Senator, and again in 2009 and 2013.

SELECTIVE SILENCE

Two presidential hopefuls made two public comments on abortion: one candidate got loads of broadcast coverage, the other got none.

“During their morning and evening news shows, the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) haven’t spent one second of time on Hillary Clinton’s abortion comments in which she declared that an ‘unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.’ In comparison, when Donald Trump called for “punishment” for women who undergo abortions, the news shows spent more than 20 minutes on the story in the following 24 hours,” writes Katie Yoder, an analyst for Newsbusters.com, a conservative watchdog.

The two gaffes sparked outrage among pro-life and pro-choice critics alike. But the networks appear to be protecting the Democratic front-runner.

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