Trump scores major victories, projected to win in 5 states

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Donald Trump Sweeps All 5 Tuesday Primaries

Donald Trump took key steps closer to becoming the eventual Republican nominee for president on Tuesday thanks to voters in the Northeast.

NBC News called the contests in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut shortly after the polls closed, describing his victories as "significant." Another 30 minutes later the outlet called the final two races in Delaware and Rhode Island for Trump as well.

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On the Democratic side the race was immediately called for Hillary Clinton in Maryland, but nowhere else.

Trump entered Tuesday as the overwhelming favorite in the Northeast, with a double digit lead ahead of his remaining rivals Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich in all of Tuesday's states.

Tuesday's big night for Trump comes on the heels of Cruz and Kasich striking up a "stop Trump" deal over the weekend. The deal was brokered in hopes of blocking the front-runner from becoming the GOP presidential nominee, but won't be tested until next week.

Check out the latest photos from the campaign trail:

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Trump scores major victories, projected to win in 5 states
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - On New York state primary night, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cheer watching the primary results during the Hillary Victory Party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - On New York state primary night, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watch the primary results and enjoy the party during the Hillary Victory Party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Dupporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snap cell phone pictures of her as she enters a victory party after winning the New York state primary election, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrate at her New York primary campaign headquarters, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as she arrives onstage at her New York presidential primary night rally in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Members of the media await the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to a New York primary night event Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after speaking in New York on April 19, 2016. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump speakS at a campaign press conference moments after winning the republican presidential primary at Trump Tower in New York, NY on Tuesday April 19, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up following victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's granddaughter Arabella (L), daughter Ivanka (C) and wife Melania (R) listen to him speak at his New York presidential primary night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
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Trump did not hesitate to attack his rivals for their "pathetic" deal.

"If you collude in business they put you in jail. But in politics, because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise, in politics you're allowed to collude. And actually I was happy, because it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are," Trump said in response.

At this point in the primary both Kasich and Cruz can spoil the billionaire businessman from grabbing the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. However, Kasich and Cruz have both made it clear they plan to do the necessary work to ensure a contested convention in July.

"Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland," Kasich's chief strategist John Weaver said in a statement on Sunday.

Trump has started to shift his focus to the May 3 Indiana contest, with plans to bring former Indiana Basketball coach Bobby Knight on the campaign trail.

BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN

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