Donald Trump has secured enough number of delegates to almost confirm his GOP nomination. Trump is now a shoe-in to becoming the Republican candidate to contest the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.
With the support of 1,238 delegates, Donald Trump has effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination, reported the Associated Press. The publication noted that the U.S. Republican presidential candidate now has the support of enough number of delegates to secure the party’s presidential nomination. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. With 1,238 committed delegates, Trump has one candidate more than is needed.
1237 ✔️— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 26, 2016
A small number of the party’s unbound delegates helped Trump reach the quota. The delegates confirmed they will pledge their support to Trump at the July convention. Fifteen of those unbound delegates came from North Dakota, seven from Pennsylvania, two each from West Virginia and Nevada and one each from Colorado, New Hampshire and Oklahoma, reported NPR. Incidentally, the unbound Oklahoma delegate is GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.
Five states, including California, vote on June 7. This means there are 303 delegates still up for grabs. In other words, Trump can easily extend his currently slim lead and could easily avoid a contested convention this summer, reported the Independent. A majority of the Republican delegates are strongly bound to the results of their states’ presidential primary elections. However, about 200 delegates are not bound by those rules and hence are free to lend their support to any candidate they deem fit. Nonetheless, with Trump facing no real competition from the other candidates, these delegates are expected to lend to their support to the billionaire real estate mogul.
Donald Trump has effectively outpaced his rivals Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio. Incidentally, the trio hasn’t freed delegates who have pledged their support, but Trump has been able to secure the prize without their help. Trump has so far defeated 16 other Republican candidates.
Donald Trump has clinched the Republican presidential nomination https://t.co/Zf5IazLwSH— Mashable (@mashable) May 26, 2016
Trump’s Republican candidacy wasn’t a matter of if, but when, reported BBC. There were no real obstacles that could have threatened his candidature. It was expected that Trump would garner the number of delegates latest by the California and New Jersey primaries scheduled in the first week of June.
Incidentally, the Republicans haven’t formally announced Donald Trump as their candidate for the upcoming U.S. presidential race. He is merely the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. However, he is expected to be confirmed as the designated candidate to contest the elections after the July convention in Cleveland. Delegates are expected to vote during the convention, but with Trump garnering the required number of delegates, the businessman has not only let his presence be known, but ensured his rise is largely unchallenged.
Many Republican delegates have openly opposed Donald Trump in the past, but the scenario appears to be changing rapidly. These delegates have often sided with the large masses outside conventions, who have protested against Trump. Many citizens in New Mexico and California were seen outside convention halls letting their opposition known vocally. However, the fact that unbound delegates are now lending their support to Trump is ample proof that the Republican Party, as a whole, could be starting to fall behind him.
Odds quoted by bookmaker William Hill on Donald Trump becoming the next president have slowly narrowed from 150/1 to just 7/4 (a 36% chance)— Dan Roberts (@RobertsDan) May 26, 2016
With Donald Trump about to be nominated by the Republicans, famous U.K. bookmaker William Hill has predicted dramatically improved odds for the candidate. From a relatively tiny 150/1, Trump’s chances of becoming the next President of the United States have improved to 7/4. In other words, Trump now has a 36 percent chance of winning the presidential elections, reported the Guardian.
With the Republican nomination almost in the bag, Donald Trump can confidently look forward to the debate that he graciously accepted to have with Bernie Sanders.
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