Fresh from resounding wins in the state of Wisconsin by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the 2016 presidential campaign heads to New York on Wednesday where both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are attempting to seize on their home state advantage as a way of reversing their recent setbacks.
Clinton and Trump both have large leads with delegates in their respective nominating contests but will need to work furiously to finish with victories in New York to stop the recent momentum of their two challengers.
The pressure perhaps is the greatest for Trump who is going through a difficult stretch as Cruz continues to become known as a viable alternative to the brash speaking New Yorker.
Trump hurt himself last week with comments on abortion and how he treats women. He lost by double-digits to Cruz which was helped by the Stop Trump movement that has appeared within his own Republican Party.
One political consultant said that the shine is now off the Teflon coating of Trump and things that are not so popular are sticking to the New Yorker.
Trump hopes to give polished speeches this week on policies and receive a number of important New York endorsements.
However, he will also be facing a number of protesters, as officials are worried there could be violence as large throngs of angry protesters are ready to arrive and be present at all his campaign stops.
The latest poll for New York shows Trump leading with 52%, followed by John Kasich the Ohio Governor with 25% and Cruz in third with 17%.
Clinton hopes that the rest of April is better than the start. With Wisconsin now behind her, she is looking to her strength in New York where she was a U.S. senator before becoming the U.S. Secretary of State during President Barack Obama’s first term.
A poll by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday showed that Clinton was holding a lead of six percentage points amongst the likely voters for the Democrats in New York.
Despite some recent gains, Sanders faces big challenges in his attempt to erase the huge lead held by Clinton.
More scrutiny by the press seems to have lain bare gaps in the senator’s knowledge regarding policy.
He struggled in one interview trying to explain how he would handle his reform plans for Wall Street and was very vague when questioned about the ramifications in the economy of bankers losing jobs.