Two of White House hopeful Donald Trump’s children will not be voting for their father in next week’s New York Republican primary.

Both Ivanka and Eric Trump failed to register with the Republican Party in time to cast their ballots in the 19 April contest, according to New York City voter registration records.

That leaves only Mr Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, available to vote for his billionaire dad in the family’s home state.

The GOP front runner’s youngest daughter, Tiffany, is a registered Republican in Philadelphia, where she is a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr Trump told Fox News that Eric and Ivanka, who welcomed her third child in March, were unaware of New York’s year-in-advance deadline.

“They had a long time to register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules, and they didn’t, they didn’t register in time, so they feel very, very guilty,” he said.

“But it’s fine. I mean I understand that. I think they have to register a year in advance and they didn’t. So Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won’t be voting.”

New York’s voter laws required registration by October 2015 in order to participate in the state’s 2016 party primaries.

The loss of two votes, however, should not hurt Mr Trump in the Empire State, where he holds a more than 30-point lead in statewide opinion polls.

He is poised to take a lion’s share of the state’s 95 Republican delegates, further distancing himself from rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

:: Road To Winning The Nomination

Mr Trump, who currently has over 740 delegates to his name, needs to reach 1,237 to secure the GOP nomination before the party’s convention in late July.

After New York, some 172 delegates are in play from five states voting on 26 April, followed by another 57 delegates from Indiana on 3 May.

Mr Cruz sits closest to the front runner, with some 545 delegates under his belt.

Mr Kasich, meanwhile, remains a distant third with only 143 delegates.

(c) Sky News 2016


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