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Why Democratic New York City is a battleground in the GOP delegate fight

Kasich and Cruz are trying to stop Trump one delegate at a time, starting with areas where each Republican vote counts the most.

By Weiyi Cai, John Muyskens and Lazaro Gamio April 18, 2016

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There are 95 delegates at play in New York. Eighty-one are delegates from the 27 congressional districts and 14 are at-large and automatic delegates.

Three delegates are up for grabs in each congressional district, despite differences in the number of voters, party allegiance or geographic area.

Though all districts have similar populations, counts of active Republican voters can vary dramatically. Districts in New York City have the fewest Republican voters.

That means a single Republican vote has higher value in those districts because they have fewer Republican voters overall.

Trump is leading the polls in New York with 53 percent support.

If he actually wins 53 percent, under the rules, he would get the 14 at-large and automatic delegates.

If he were to win 53 percent in each congressional district, Trump could sweep the state. That's unlikely to happen.

In each district, there are two thresholds for winning delegates.

If two or more candidates get more than 20 percent of the vote, first place wins two delegates and runner-up wins one.

So if Trump wins with less than 50 percent of the vote, he’d get two delegates instead of three.

At this point, Trump needs 66.1 percent of the remaining bound delegates to clinch the nomination.

Trump's competitors are focusing on the areas where they have the best chance to win the most delegates with the fewest number of voters.

That's why the heavily Democratic districts in New York City have the most power to hinder or help Trump.