Donald Trump needed 1237 delegates to clinch the Republican nomination. As of Thursday morning he has 1238, according to the AP.
Trump reached the magic number after a number of unpledged delegates told the AP that they would support him, including Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.
“I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard told the AP. “I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump.”
There are a little over 300 delegates still in play in the five remaining Republican primary contests, all of which will take place on June 7. Trump is the only candidate still in the race and is virtually guaranteed to sweep them.
The Republican National Convention will take place in Cleveland in July, and Trump’s success at securing over 1237 delegates staves off the potentiality of a contested convention.
Despite some rumblings from discontented conservatives, angling for a potential independent candidate to challenge Trump, the party is increasingly falling in line behind its presumptive nominee.
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