Posted: 10:43 am Thursday, May 26th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The Associated Press on Thursday officially declared Donald Trump the winner of the Republican race for President, reporting that Trump has now secured the support of enough delegates to gain more than a majority at the GOP convention in Cleveland.
The bulletin for news organizations came two days after Trump had won at least 41 delegates in a primary in Washington State.
How did the AP get to this figure?
What they did was combine the number of pledged delegates that Trump has already won – that is over 1,100 – and added to it other unbound delegates who had told the AP that they will vote for Trump in Cleveland.
— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) May 26, 2016
AP’s decision was followed by other news organizations as well:
NBC News: Donald Trump has reached required number of delegates needed to clinch Republican nomination pic.twitter.com/pkJjCftgFQ
— Jason Calabretta (@JasonCalabretta) May 26, 2016
Other delegate counters have Trump just a little short of the 1,237 majority. For example, the website thegreenpapers.com has Trump at 1,217 right now.
The New York Times actually has Trump over the finish line as well, at 1,238:
Trump will certainly go over the majority mark of 1,237 pledged delegates on June 7, when the final five Republican states hold primaries in California, New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.