NEW YORK - Presidential front-runners Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) both stepped closer to their respective parties’ nomination Tuesday night, with crucial primary wins in their home state of New York.

Trump, the billionaire businessman, soared past his Republican rivals to claim an early, easy victory in the primary, while Clinton outpolled her Democratic opponent, US Bernie Sanders.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Trump received 60 percent of the vote statewide, to Ohio Governor John Kasich getting 25 percent and Senator Ted Cruz receiving 15 percent. Clinton received 58 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 42 percent.

New York State Board of Elections totals indicated Trump would win 90 of the 95 Republican delegates at stake Tuesday, with Kasich on pace to get five and Cruz getting none. Not all the congressional districts had finalized totals, though, by late Tuesday.

Trump needed to nearly sweep New York’s 95 delegates to avoid a contested Republican convention in July. Meanwhile, New York was a vital win for Clinton, who was seeking to dampen the momentum generated by Sanders, a left-wing politician, who had come off a string of primary victories. With 247 Democratic delegates at stake, Clinton will pick up at least 104, while Sanders will gain at least 85. Many remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.

Clinton and Trump each addressed supporters after polls closed Tuesday night. In a 20-minute speech, Clinton thanked voters, pitched key issues on her platform and reached out to Sanders supporters. “It’s humbling that you trust me with the awesome responsibilities that await our next president,” she said. “And to all the people who supported Senator Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us.

She added: “Victory is in sight.” And later she warned that the vision of American being offered by Trump and Cruz is “divisive and frankly dangerous.”

Clinton will go on to campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday, while on Thursday she will hold a forum on gun violence in Hartford, Conn. She is slated to campaign in Rhode Island this weekend, according to her campaign schedule.Sanders issued a tweet shortly before 11 p.m., thanking voters for coming out.

“Onward to five more states voting next week,” the tweet read.Trump’s win, meanwhile, was projected just moments after polls closed at 9 p.m. Eight minutes after polls closed, he tweeted: “Thank you New York! I love you!”

In an eight-minute victory speech, Trump - flanked by his family - sounded familiar themes on immigration, Common Core, and the military.

“I guess we’re close to 70 percent and we’re going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected,” he said. “We are going to be so strong again . . . so great again and I just can’t wait,” he said.

He added that “we don’t have much of a race anymore.” Stepping away from his previous nickname of “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” and referring to his opponent by his proper title, Trump said Cruz had been “mathematically eliminated” Tuesday night.

“Now, especially after tonight, [we’ll have] close to 300 delegates more than Sen. Cruz,” Trump said.

On Wednesday, Trump plans to campaign in Indiana and Maryland, and will head to Delaware on Friday.

In that state, Cruz received 48 percent of the vote, compared to 35 percent for Trump. Kasich came in third place with 14 percent.