Here’s why Ivanka and Eric Trump won’t be voting for their father in the New York primary AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump, right, during a campaign stop at Concord High School, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

GOP front-runner Donald Trump is in the midst of the race for the Republican ticket to the White House. One major step in winning enough delegates to become the party’s nominee is next week’s primary in his home state of New York. So it came as a shock that Trump’s own children, Ivanka and Eric, did not register in time to vote for their father during the primary.

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Eric and Ivanka, who have both been very active in their father’s campaign for the White House, blamed the system for their current inability to vote in the New York primary. “New York has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration, and it required us to register a long time ago, almost — close to a year ago,” Ivanka Trump said during a CNN town hall, alongside her siblings and father. “We didn’t do that. We found out about it sort of after the fact,” she added.

Speaking of her own political affiliations, Ivanka shared, “I’m an independent, and I’ve always voted based on the candidate, as opposed to based on the party.”

In a previous interview, Trump said of his children, “They feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty,” adding, “But it’s fine. I understand that.”

“It was our first, kind of, foray into politics. We didn’t realize how the whole system worked,” Eric Trump said during the Tuesday evening town hall. “It actually was a great educational process for us, and one that probably helped the campaign a lot,” he added.

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The remarks come one week ahead of the highly contentious New York primary, where 95 delegates are at stake for the Republican candidates. Trump currently has 743 delegates total, while Ted Cruz has 545 delegates total and John Kasich has 143 delegates. The Republican candidates are racing to see who can meet the necessary 1,237 delegates needed to win the party’s nomination.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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