Trump clinches GOP nomination, reaches the magic number of delegates


trumpDonald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set 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 national convention in July. 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. 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.

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 his crass personality and the lewd comments he’s made about women.

But millions of grass-roots activists, many of them outsiders to the political process, have embraced Trump as a plain-speaking populist who is not afraid to offend.

Steve House, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and an unbound delegate who confirmed his support of Trump to the AP, said he likes the billionaire’s background as a businessman.

“Leadership is leadership,” House said. “If he can surround himself with the political talent, I think he will be fine.”

Trump’s pivotal moment comes amid a new sign of internal problems.

Hours before clinching the nomination, he announced the abrupt departure of political director Rick Wiley, who was in the midst of leading the campaign’s push to hire staff in key battleground states. In a statement, Trump’s campaign said Wiley had been hired only on a short-term basis until the candidate’s organization “was running full steam.”





10 responses to “Trump clinches GOP nomination, reaches the magic number of delegates”

  1. PatienceTew Avatar

    It’s funny, when good things happen how it brings the ‘snivelers’ out.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Trump is something like Nasrallah. No-one likes him, but since he upsets apple-carts they cheer him on.
    It’s either watch his shows, or the cyclists diving into a lake and missing it. You-Tube collects the $. :-)))

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Seems that millions like him
      Time for change.. Stop the Wars 😉

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        On the charts and graphs, percentages will tell the tale. :-))

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          We are talking about Trump thread.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Ok .. a bad example maybe … Yankees will poll higher numbers, we assume. :-))
            How do you feel about the ‘Proportional’ Reps getting some seats here?
            (700,000 Greens should have a little say … eh?)

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            There are 800,000 Evangelicals..

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I switched to Canada … changes to the electoral system are in the works.
            (surely ‘we’ don’t have THAT many Evangelicals … OMG!)

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            and i have to guess?

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar


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