Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife Melanie votes in New York's primary. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife Melania casts her ballot in the New York primaries on Tuesday (April 19). Trump looked beyond an expected primary victory in his home state of New York on Tuesday, sending a top strategist to meet with congressional lawmakers as he chases the delegates needed to win the party nomination. In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton was hoping her own expected home-state victory in New York will help her recapture momentum from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and cement her lead. Trump, front-runner for months in the Republican race, currently has 744 delegates, while U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has 559 and Ohio Governor John Kasich is trailing far behind with 144, according to an Associated Press count. If Trump does not secure enough delegates needed to win the Republican nomination outright at party's July convention in Cleveland, delegates would be allowed to switch to another candidate. Opinion polls show Trump has a double-digit lead in New York, where the "winner takes most" primary carries 95 delegates. But a big win for Trump in the state would not erase his vulnerabilities. Cruz's skillful use of party rules during the primary process has angered the New York billionaire, who says the system is rigged against him. Trump remains unpopular with the Republican leaders and activists who select and serve as delegates, whereas Cruz has invested time and money courting them.