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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is one step closer to clinching the nomination as he is projected to win the Indiana primary, reports The Hill.

Trump’s victory will guarantee him at least 30 of the state’s 57 delegates, pushing him over 1,000 as he approaches the 1,237 he needs to clinch the nomination.

The remaining 27 delegates will be allocated in winner-take-all contests at the congressional district level. Trump is likely to take a majority of these.

The victory comes despite attempts by Trump’s rival, Ted Cruz, to stop him by forming an alliance with fellow Republican candidate John Kasich.

As part of the pact, Kasich stopped campaigning in Indiana, with Cruz saying he’d stay out of future contests in Oregon and New Mexico.

 The alliance was shaky from the start, noted The Hill, as neither candidate was comfortable publicly embracing the deal. Worse, it seemed to backfire, as Trump grasped onto the alliance as further evidence that the process is “rigged” and establishment Republicans were “colluding” to steal the nomination from him.

Meanwhile on the Democratic side, the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie sanders was too close to call as of 7:30 p.m.

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton led 52 percent to 48 percent, according to Politico.

With 83 pledged delegates at stake, Indiana looms large as an opportunity for Sanders to pull an upset in a state where Clinton has led narrowly in most recent polls, noted the website.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey conducted last week showed Clinton with a 4-point lead over the Vermont senator.