Read it and weep or read it and rejoice. According to the Associated Press, real estate mogul and Republican front-runner Donald Trump has amassed 1,238 delegates — one more than is required by the magic number of 1,237 to become the party’s nominee for president.
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.”
…With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total….
This development puts the kibosh on any prospect of a contested convention in Cleveland in July. What happens now within the GOP is anybody’s guess. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus came out in support of a Trump nomination last month. Since then he has called, to no avail, for party unity.
The uncertainty of a party unified behind Trump is not the only one dogging this presidential race. Yesterday’s bombshell unleashed by the State Department’s Inspector General regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and email account while secretary of state could pave the way for a criminal indictment of the Democratic front-runner. This in turn casts doubt on whether the party will proceed apace with her nomination.