Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won in a clean sweep across five states on the April 26 Super Tuesday. The business mogul took the opportunity to declare himself the presumptive nominee.
Trump won the Republican races in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, putting him on a steadier path towards winning the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination on the first ballot.
The business mogul amassed 142 new delegates from those states, adding to a total of 988 delegates.
That haul blew his competitors out of the water, both of them picking up delegates in just the single digits. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas now has 568 delegates while Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has 154.
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“This to me was our biggest night,” Trump declared during his victory speech, according to CNN. “I consider myself the presumptive nominee.”
Setting his sights on a potential general election matchup against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had a great night in the Democratic race, Trump claimed that he would defeat her with ease.
“I think the only card she has is the woman’s card,” Trump said. “She has got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get five percent of the vote.”
The business mogul added “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, ok?”
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Aside from amassing the most delegates, Trump is also making the case that he is a consensus choice for Republican voters. This would be an asset if he does fall short of reaching 1,237 delegates. If he is undeniably viewed as the voters' choice, then it will be more difficult for party leaders to deny him the nomination on a second ballot.
This momentum is bolstered by an April 26 poll released by NBC News/Survey Monkey, which found that 50 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters support Trump — the business mogul’s highest popularity yet.
Members of the #NeverTrump movement, a group that views Trump as too dangerous to be granted the nomination, remain defiant.
“This is simple arithmetic,” columnist Quin Hillyer told The Daily Beast. “This is not some mythical momentum. This is nuts and bolts, and the nuts and bolts favor people who are organized. Trump is not organized.”
Katie Packer, the chair of the Our Principles PAC, still firmly believes that the nomination can be wrested away from Trump if he fails to reach the magic number.
“There’s just no merit to the argument … that we’re gonna have to give it to him — there’s no mechanism for giving it to him if he gets close,” Packer said. “There’s no Republican illuminati that sits behind the stage and says, ‘Well he got 1,150, I guess we’ll just make him the nominee.’”