Fox News – Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, securing his status as the presumptive Republican nominee and avoiding a contested convention, according to a delegate count released Thursday by the Associated Press.
The AP reports that Trump was has reached 1,238 delegates, put over the 1,237 needed to win the nomination by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who said they would support him at the convention. Trump will most likely add more delegates to his total before the convention in Cleveland, giving him a comfortable victory.
Trump’s achievement marks the completion of a primary campaign that has upended the political landscape and defied multiple predictions of failure from political commentators. It now sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign against likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
At a press conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, Trump thanked the delegates for being the ones who helped get him over the 1,237 line.
Before last night, Trump was sitting just short of the delegate goal. Sometime between then and this morning, AP got word that unbound delegates from a few states have pledged to vote for Trump at the convention, putting him over the 1,237 threshold. With more primaries to come, Trump will only increase his lead from here – probably ending up with a final total of delegates of around 1,550 by my estimates. I previewed a month ago Trump’s path towards winning the nomination. But even I underestimated the absolute domination he would pull out in the upcoming states. With the win in Indiana, he essentially clinched the nomination and forced Cruz and Kasich to suspend their campaigns.
So this is officially it – Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.Follow @ShaneRider31