NEW HAVEN - With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) dropping out of the race, the tracks are clear for the Trump train to roll non-stop to Cleveland in mid-July for the Republican National Convention, which will now be an uncontested coronation.
Opinions in Connecticut, where Trump cruised to a primary victory last week, were mixed.
“He's kind of faking it until he makes it,” said Daniel Kurtz, a University of New Haven sophomore. “I don't know how he got to this point, but he is where he is. So, I give him credit for that.”
“He's getting people’s attention by saying what they want to hear,” said UNH sophomore Evan Kelly.
One UNH student says Trump’s values are un-American.
“I just think that you know America is a place where people come to fulfill their dreams and I feel like he is keeping a lot of people from doing that,” said Kiara Melton, a UNH freshman.
Several claim The Donald feeds on people's ignorance and fear.
“There's a lot of people who have a lot of anger with Obama being elected,” said Dominique Barksdale, a UNH junior. “There's a lot of people who have problems with Muslim, but they’re not being educated about their culture.”
Some are choosing to take taking a wait-and-see approach.
“It's hard for me to form an opinion because I don't know much about what he actually thinks on policy,” said UNH freshman Reggie Walden.
In a largely Democratic downtown New Haven, one Republican said she paid very close attention to all of the debates and that Trump won her over.
“I like him because he's a great businessman,” said Cheech Onorato of Cheshire. “He's done a lot in business. And, it's good to have someone in business because the last eight years weren't good.”
Dan Holland, a Bernie Sanders supporter, said Trump is “one of the wealthy people that owned the economy that I'd like to see pay for the economy a little more.”
Trump announced he was running eleven months ago. Some thought his campaign would last about a month. Instead, he’s likely less than three months from becoming the Republican party’s candidate for president.