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Trump is over the top: with 1237 delegates he becomes Republican candidate

Friday, May 27th 2016 - 07:08 UTC
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With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland. With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland.
Despite some of his comments, millions of grass-roots activists, many of them outsiders to the political process have embraced Trump as a plain-speaking populist Despite some of his comments, millions of grass-roots activists, many of them outsiders to the political process have embraced Trump as a plain-speaking populist

United States presidential candidate Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination and 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, 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.”

His hiring about six weeks ago was seen as a sign that party veterans were embracing Trump’s campaign. A person familiar with Wiley’s ouster said the operative clashed with others in Trump’s operation and didn’t want to put longtime Trump allies in key jobs. The person insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the internal campaign dynamics.

Some delegates who confirmed their decisions to back Trump were tepid at best, saying they are supporting him out of a sense of obligation because he won their state’s primary.

Cameron Linton of Pittsburgh said he will back Trump on the first ballot since he won the presidential primary vote in Linton’s congressional district.

“If there’s a second ballot I won’t vote for Donald Trump,” Linton said. “He’s ridiculous. There’s no other way to say it.”

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  • ChrisR

    Oh Dear!

    All the 'Good Ol' Boys' of 'God's Own Party' will have to bend over and take it where the sun don't shine!

    PMSL at what was the obvious outcome given the utterly lamentable quality of the other candidates.

    Will he beat Clinton, or will she be in jail?

    Who knows, WTF cares?

    The US have made an utter bollocks of their ridiculous selection process but will they change it, of course not!

    I can't wait for the final fight in Cleveland!

    May 27th, 2016 - 11:13 am 0
  • VoiceOver

    Good to have that settled, now we know that the next pres of the US is a democrat.

    May 27th, 2016 - 11:19 am 0
  • chronic

    World leaders rattled.

    Trump likes it.

    Dozens flirted with it.

    Trump bests them all.

    lol.

    May 27th, 2016 - 02:01 pm 0
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