USA Today May 26, 2016
It’s official: Donald Trump has secured enough delegates to wrap up the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press.
On Thursday, the AP announced that enough unbound delegates have said they were willing to support Trump to put the real estate mogul over the threshold to win the nomination.
Trump now has 1,238 delegates, the AP reports, one above the 1,237 needed to win the Republican nod.
This news isn’t exactly surprising. Trump has been the presumptive Republican presidential nominee since earlier this month when he won the Indiana primary, resulting in his two remaining rivals — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — to drop out of the GOP race.
One of the unbound delegates who decided to back Trump is Colorado Republican Party chairman Steve House.
"Leadership is leadership," House said, according to the AP. "If he can surround himself with the political talent, I think he will be fine."
House is notable because in April he was the target of an angry backlash and threats from Trump supporters over his handling of the Republican convention in Colorado after Trump did not receive a single delegate in the state.
Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard, who also indicated her support of Trump to AP, said the real estate mogul had "touched a part of our electorate that doesn't like where our country is."
"I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump," she told the AP.