He does it… Donald Trump exceeds crucial delegate number to seal GOP nomination

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Donald Trump is arguably no longer the “presumptive” Republican presidential nominee. As of Thursday he has attained the delegate count needed to secure the nomination.

He attained the magic number 1,237 when a small number of unbound Republican delegates, including Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard, advised The Associated Press that they would give their support to Trump at the July convention.

“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.”

That small number of delegates puts Trump at 1,238, one more that what is needed. And “with 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland,” AP reported.

according to The AP, which reported:

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.

 

Another of those unbound delegates who announced he’s throwing his support behind Trump is Steve House, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, who’s impressed with the real estate mogul’s business background.

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

Trump supporters thought the news called for celebration.

But the #NeverTrump crowd saw things a bit differently.

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