President Trump Officially Clinches GOP Nomination

Monica Sanchez | March 18, 2020
Font Size

President Trump Tuesday evening officially secured his presumptive re-nomination as the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump according to NBC News 2020 Delegate Count has 1,310 delegates after Tuesday’s wins in Florida and Illinois, surpassing the 1,276 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

As the Associated Press reports

Trump had 1,141 delegates going into Tuesday’s Florida and Illinois primaries (Arizona was not holding a Republican primary) and he needed 135 more to win. The wins in Florida and Illinois were big because their primaries awarded all delegates to the winner.

Regardless of the order of the race calls, Trump’s campaign intended to credit Florida for putting him over the top as it tries to highlight a state that was crucial to Trump’s 2016 victory and will likely be required for him to win again in 2020.

This comes as former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continue to duke it out for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden won Illinois, Florida, and Arizona against his opponent Tuesday night. NBC News 2020 Delegate Count reports that Biden has a total of 1,132 delegates with Tuesday ‘s sweeping primary wins, widening his lead against Sanders who has 817 delegates total. There are 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic Party's nomination.

(Cover Photo: Flickr / The Epoch Times)