Candidates Make Final Push in Five Northeastern States

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 12.07.21 PMMICHAEL BARBARO

Monday, April 25, 2016


Good Monday morning. News on Sunday night that Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas would coordinate in several coming contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the nomination could complicate the real estate magnate’s efforts to attain a majority of delegates. Voters go to the polls on Tuesday in five densely populated states as Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton look to expand their delegate leads.

New York was a coveted electoral prize, but the real battle for supremacy in the Northeast will be waged on Tuesday, with primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Just how seriously are the candidates taking these primaries? Consider this: Mr. Trump, never known for his ambitious schedule on the trail, will cram in three events on Monday – in Warwick, R.I., and in Westchester and Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will spend the day in Pennsylvania. He has scheduled events in two of the state’s biggest cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

As Mrs. Clinton heads to Indiana, before the May 3 voting there, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will hold rallies on Monday in New Haven and Hartford, Conn., with former Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, Mark E. Kelly.

Mr. Kasich will split his time between Maryland, where he will campaign in Rockville, and Pennsylvania, where he will hold events in McKees Rocks and Philadelphia.

For now, Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton appear poised to perform well across the Northeast, polls show.

Mr. Sanders was asked on Sunday why he had lost so many states where the income gap is large, given his outspokenness on the issue. His answer was characteristically blunt.

“Well, because poor people don’t vote,” Mr. Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I mean, that’s just a fact.”