And now, what was once unimaginable, unthinkable by many is all but official. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee has just reached the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 26, 2016
Via Associated Press:
Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign.
Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.
“I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard said. “I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump.”
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. Trump has reached 1,238. With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland in July.
Trump, a political neophyte who for years delivered caustic commentary on the state of the nation from the sidelines but had never run for office, fought off 16 other Republican contenders in an often ugly primary race.
Many on the right have been slow to warm to Trump, wary of his conservative bona fides. Others worry about Trump’s crass personality and the lewd comments he’s made about women.
But millions of grassroots activists, many who have been outsiders to the political process, have embraced Trump as a plain-speaking populist who is not afraid to offend.
So there it is. Trump’s clinching of the required delegates to earn the nomination should ensure there is less drama at the Republican National Convention in July.
At least, inside the convention hall, that is. No doubt the Democrats will be out in full force with their paid protesters to create drama on the outside.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]