Politics May 27, 2016: Trump reaches magic number 1,237 clinches GOP nomination

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Trump reaches magic number 1,237 clinches GOP nomination

May 27, 2016, 7:54 AM MST

Donald Trump now has the number of delegates necessary to become officially the Republican Party's nominee for president, May 26, 2016
Donald Trump now has the number of delegates necessary to become officially the Republican Party’s nominee for president, May 26, 2016
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Politics May 25, 2016: Trump wins Washington state primary closes in on clinching GOP nomination

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May 25, 2016, 4:11 AM MST

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump won the Washington State Primary although the state convention sided with former GOP candidate Ted Cruz at their state convention on the weekend, May 24, 2016
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump won the Washington State Primary although the state convention sided with former GOP candidate Ted Cruz at their state convention on the weekend, May 24, 2016
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Politics May 10, 2016: Ted Cruz considers reentering presidential race if he wins Nebraska primary

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Ted Cruz considers reentering presidential race if he wins Nebraska primary

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May 10, 2016 4:14 PM MST

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is considering restarting his campaign but only if, he wins the Nebraska primary, May 10, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is considering restarting his campaign but only if, he wins the Nebraska primary, May 10, 2016
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Politics May 9, 2016: Trump names Chris Christie to head his transition team

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May 9, 2016 11:59 PM MST

 Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump named trusted surrogate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to lead his transition team should he win the election in November, May 9, 2016
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump named trusted surrogate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to lead his transition team should he win the election in November, May 9, 2016
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Politics April 14, 2016: Trump may be able to clinch GOP nomination with only 1100 delegates

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April 14, 2016 4:42 AM MST

 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is blaming the Republican National Committee for making it difficult for him to clinch the nomination although he leads in the delegate count, April 13, 2016
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is blaming the Republican National Committee for making it difficult for him to clinch the nomination although he leads in the delegate count, April 13, 2016
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Politics April 13, 2016: Speaker Paul Ryan makes it clear to GOP he will not accept Republican nomination

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Speaker Paul Ryan makes it clear to GOP he will not accept Republican nomination

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April 13, 2016 4:29 AM MST

 After much speculation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made it clear, he does want the Republican Party to consider him as a compromise candidate for the nomination at the GOP convention, April 12, 2016
After much speculation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made it clear, he does want the Republican Party to consider him as a compromise candidate for the nomination at the GOP convention, April 12, 2016
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Politics April 9, 2016: New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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April 9, 2016 12:32 PM MST

 If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
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Politics April 6, 2016: Cruz’s big Wisconsin win puts Trump in bind contested convention on table

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Cruz’s big Wisconsin win puts Trump in bind contested convention on table

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April 6, 2016 1:29 PM MST

 Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary challenging GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's path to the nomination and setting up a contested convention fight, April 5, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary challenging GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s path to the nomination and setting up a contested convention fight, April 5, 2016
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Politics February 24, 2016: Presumptive GOP nominee? Donald Trump rolls towards nomination after Nevada win

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Presumptive GOP nominee? Donald Trump rolls towards nomination after Nevada win

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February 24, 2016 11:17 AM MST

 

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is on his way to winning the Republican Presidential Nomination after winning his third straight nominating contest, Feb. 23, 2016
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is on his way to winning the Republican Presidential Nomination after winning his third straight nominating contest, Feb. 23, 2016
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Republican Donald Trump has a clear path to the Republican presidential nomination after winning his third nominating contest with a commanding lead. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, 2016, angry Nevada Republicans chose Trump as the candidate they overwhelmingly support in their caucuses. Trump won by over 20 points over his next opponent Florida Senator Marco Rubio, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz closely trailing Rubio. Trump won all demographic groups in a vote that indicate Republicans are looking outside the establishment for the solution and their presidential nominee.

With his third win in a row in New Hampshire, South Carolina and now Nevada, Trump now seems to have the momentum to win the nomination. The Hill is even referring to Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee not seeing how any other candidate could stop his momentum or chances from winning most of the 12 Super Tuesday states in the South and Southwest on March 1.

After all the precincts had reported their results Trump won Nevada with a runaway lead of 45.91 percent of the vote and 14 delegates, Rubio came in second with 23.85 percent and seven delegates, and Cruz was third with 21.38 percent of the vote and six delegates. Nevada had 30 delegates at stake. Retired Neurosurgeon, Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich, placed a distant fourth and fifth respectively and are now facing pressure to withdraw from the campaign but are not relenting.

Trump’s win was so large because according to the exit polls he had the most support from all demographic groups including the very conservative (38 percent) and conservative voters (47 percent), and especially moderates (56 percent). Trump also won the evangelical vote (41 percent) and surprisingly considering his position on immigration the Hispanic vote (44 percent). Trump’s victory was a big win for the anti-establishment movement, with 6 in 10 voters saying they were angry with the status quo. MSNBC analyst Steve Kornacki commented, “This is not a factional candidate. This is a candidate with broad appeal across the board in the Republican Party.”

Trump gave a short victory speech in Las Vegas, where expressed that soon his campaign will win big in the upcoming nominating contests. Trump said, “We love Nevada. We will be celebrating for a long time tonight.” The GOP frontrunner was also surprised at his margin of victory, “We weren’t expected to win too much and now we’re winning, winning, winning the country. And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.” Trump predicted he would soon win the nomination, “It’s going to be an amazing two months. We might not even need the two months.”

Trump was excited and pleased that he was the favorite of all demographics saying, “We won the evangelicals, we won with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.” Trump has been particularly pleased with winning the Hispanic vote, “You know what I am really happy about? I’ve been saying it for a long time: 46 percent with Hispanics, No. 1 with Hispanics.”

Second place Rubio was not in Nevada to give a concession speech, but third place finisher Cruz was and it sounded as if he won the caucuses rather than place third. Cruz congratulated his opponent “on a strong evening tonight.” Trump’s attacks and insults he has thrown at Cruz have been relentless. Cruz tried to spin his third place saying, “The role of the first four primaries, historically, has been to narrow the field.” Still playing off his win in Iowa and attacking Rubio, Cruz said, “History teaches us that nobody has ever won the nomination without winning one of the first three primaries. And there are only two people who have won one of the first three primaries: Donald Trump and us.”

Now all eyes turn to the Super Tuesday states, where Trump leads in all but Cruz’s native Texas. Republicans have contests in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. For the GOP, there are 595 delegates at stake on March 1, a quarter of all delegates available. To clinch the nomination a GOP candidate needs 1,237 delegates. At this time, Trump has 79, Cruz has 16 and Rubio has 15. As Marco Rubio pointed on CBS’ This Morning, when appeared Wednesday morning, Feb. 24 it is all about the delegate count. Rubio summed up the game well, “It’s not based on how many states you win. It’s based on how many delegates you pick up.”

Politics January 6, 2016: Trump predicts he will win GOP nomination, New York, the election and presidency

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Trump predicts he will win GOP nomination, New York, the election and the presidency

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Examiner.com, January 6, 2016 9:44 AM MST

 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is making predictions, that he will the Republican nomination, and then go on to win the general election by winning New York, Jan. 5, 2016
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is making predictions, that he will receive the Republican nomination, and then go on to win the general election by winning New York, Jan. 5, 2016
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Politics December 15, 2015: Donald Trump takes runaway lead in polls but still cannot beat Hillary Clinton

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Donald Trump takes runaway lead in polls but still cannot beat Hillary Clinton

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Examiner.com, December 15, 2015, 7:08 PM MST

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump sees his largest poll numbers, but he still cannot beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a potential general election matchup, Dec. 15, 2015
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump sees his largest poll numbers, but he still cannot beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a potential general election matchup, Dec. 15, 2015
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Politics May 19, 2015: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announces presidential exploratory committee

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announces presidential exploratory committee

May 19, 2015

The crowded Republican presidential field is growing by the minute, although expected Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Monday afternoon, May 18, 2015 that he is launching a presidential exploratory committee. Jindal, 43 released a statement and launched what is…

Politics May 16, 2015: Former Texas Gov Rick Perry to announce second GOP Presidential bid on June 4

Former Texas Gov Rick Perry to announce second GOP Presidential bid on June 4

May 16, 2015

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also preparing to throw his hat into the very crowded ring and announce his second run for the Republican presidential nomination. On Friday morning, May 15, 2015 Perry’s wife Anita took…

Politics May 16, 2015: Former NY Governor George Pataki to enter 2016 GOP presidential race on May 28

Former NY Governor George Pataki to enter 2016 GOP presidential race on May 28

May 16, 2015

Former New York governor George Pataki is set to join the ever-growing Republican field vying for the Republican presidential nomination. Pataki announced Thursday morning, May 14, 2015 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he will announce…

Politics May 9, 2015: Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham planning 2016 GOP presidential bids

Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham planning 2016 GOP presidential bids

May 9, 2015

After this busy week with three Republicans declaring their candidacies, two more candidates also made their intentions known that they are also planning to run for president. On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced that…

Politics May 9, 2015: Mike Huckabee challenges Clinton in Hope Arkansas with 2016 GOP presidential run

Mike Huckabee challenges Clinton in Hope Arkansas with 2016 GOP presidential run

May 9, 2015

Without giving the news cycle enough time to digest the two newest candidates, former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP candidate Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy with a fiery and folksy speech on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in his hometown of…

Politics May 9, 2015: Former CEO Carly Fiorina GOP’s only woman running for the 2016 presidential nom

Former CEO Carly Fiorina GOP’s only woman running for the 2016 presidential nom

May 9, 2015

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina also announced on Monday, morning May 4, 2015 her candidacy on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Fiorina, 60 made the statement on ABC telling hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts…

Politics May 9, 2015: Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces 2016 GOP presidential bid

Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces 2016 GOP presidential bid

May 9, 2015

The first of the string of three GOP candidates to announce this past week was retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Monday morning, May 4, 2015 at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. The evening before on…

Politics May 7, 2015: Marco Rubio considered most acceptable GOP candidate of 2016 field in new poll

Marco Rubio considered most acceptable GOP candidate of 2016 field in new poll

May 7, 2015

News polls show that two Republican candidates are topping the field. According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on May 4, 2015 former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may be in the lead, with Florida Senator Marco…

Politics March 23, 2014: Ted Cruz first candidate to announce 2016 presidential bid

Ted Cruz first candidate to announce 2016 presidential bid

March 23, 2015

Freshman Texas Senator and Tea Party leader Ted Cruz became the first presidential candidate to declare officially his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, March 23, 2015. Cruz first made his announce on Twitter at midnight writing…

Politics March 22, 2015: Ted Cruz announcing 2016 run for president Republican nomination Monday

Ted Cruz announcing 2016 run for president Republican nomination Monday

March 22, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas plans to announce that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, March 23, 2015. The Houston Chronicle was the first to announce Cruz’s intentions, on Sunday morning, March 22…