BUFFALO – On the eve of primary day, Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump came to Western New York to rally his supporters.
Trump appeared before a packed house at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo, where he pledged to win the New York primary and to go on to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot.
It was his final rally before New Yorkers head to the polls on Tuesday, and one of his biggest, with 11,400 supporters packing the stands, according to the local police department.
Unlike some past rallies, news reports say this one ended quickly and peacefully. Some protestors tried to interrupt Trump during his speech but were removed by security.
Trump remains the top pick of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters nationally, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gained the most ground, according to the latest NBC News Weekly Election Tracking poll.
Trump remains at 46 percent support this week, unchanged from last week. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped 2 points from last week and now has 28 percent support. Kasich has 19 percent support, up 3 points from last week. Kasich’s rise, while modest, still gives him the highest support he has had since the start of the tracking poll.
The poll was conducted online from April 11 to April 17 among 13,020 adults aged 18 and over.