Elections

Cruz Mathematically Eliminated From Winning On First Ballot

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] is now mathematically eliminated from clinching the Republican nomination on the first ballot following Donald Trump’s win Tuesday in New York.

There are not enough delegates left in remaining contests for either Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Cruz to reach the 1,237 delegates necessary to win on the first ballot, The Associated Press reports.

There are 680 delegates left, and Cruz currently has 544 delegates, meaning that he would need 693 to reach 1,237.

Cruz has said, “one of the greatest risks of a contested convention is, if you come out with a party fractured, it potentially makes you vulnerable going into the general election.”

Trump now needs to 57.5 percent of the remaining delegates to get to 1,237.