CNN is reporting that Donald Trump has the delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, according to a CNN delegate count Thursday.
While Trump has had the nomination locked down for weeks, he has now reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates with the help of previously uncommitted delegates who now support his candidacy. A handful of states, including the large prizes of California and New Jersey, will hold the final primaries on June 7.
While Trump will not formally accept the party’s nomination until the delegates cast their votes on the convention floor in July, crossing the threshold effectively puts to rest any remaining suspense about the possibility of a messy and contested convention. For months, drama and tumult have rocked the Republican Party, as a fervent anti-Trump movement launched a full-on onslaught to derail his candidacy.
But the flurry of “Never Trump” activities, including a slew of negative ads against Trump and efforts to draft a third-party candidate, ultimately proved unsuccessful.
Speaking at a news conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, Trump reveled in the fact that he had clinched his party’s nomination before Hillary Clinton.
“Here I am watching Hillary fight and she can’t close the deal,” Trump said.
Thursday also marks an extraordinary accomplishment for Trump.
“No one in American history has moved from a June 16 announcement to a May 26 winning of a majority,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, rumored to be among the candidates on Trump’s vice presidential short-list, wrote on Twitter Thursday. “Trump’s achievement is remarkable.”