Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton registrar thumping victories in the US presidential primaries on Tuesday, inching closer to their party nominations.
Republican outsider Trump scored victories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, effectively throwing opponents Ted Cruz and John Kasich out of the race.
On the Democratic side, front-runner Clinton defeated chief rival Bernie Sanders in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Television stations reported she was leading in two more states.
"The faith that we can make things better... is at the heart of who we are as a nation," she said. "It's one of many reasons that being American has always been such a blessing, and our campaign is about restoring people's confidence in our ability to solve problems together," a jubilant Clinton said, according to the BBC.
While Trump and Clinton have a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates counts their rivals are not just yet throwing in the towel.
Cruz, whose last victory against Trump was in Wisconsin on April 5, said he was moving his campaign to a more 'favorable terrain', referring to the upcoming primary contest in Indiana.
However, the victorious Trump camp asked the rivals to drop out of the race for the November presidential election.
"They should drop out because frankly they have no path to victory," Trump told the Time.
Clinton, who enjoyed a lead of at least 250 pledged delegates, gained more momentum after the Tuesday primaries.
Harry Reid, Senate Democratic leader, appeared convinced that Clinton was on the way to grabbing the nomination, saying his colleague in Senate, Bernie Sanders, had no realistic path to winning the nomination.
However, a defiant Sanders vowed to move ahead with the contest. "The reason that we are generating this enthusiasm is because we are doing something very unusual in contemporary politics. We are telling the truth," he said at convention in West Virginia, Reuters reported.