Following five major primary victories, Donald Trump is set to break the GOP voting record by earning more primary votes than any other Republican presidential candidate in modern history.
Trump has reportedly received more than 10 million votes, including the preliminary results from the various primaries on April 26 — about 250,000 more votes than Mitt Romney earned in the 2012 primary season, Politico reports. He will also likely pass John McCain’s 2008 total by next week, and, most importantly, is on track to pass all-time record holder George W. Bush. Bush collected 10.8 million votes in 2000.
Trump won all five state primaries by huge margins, and celebrated by effectively declaring himself the Republican nominee.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,” he said, NBC News reports. Trump then promised to “beat Hillary [Clinton] so easily” in a general election.
"The only card she has is the woman's card," he said. "If Hillary Clinton were a man I don't think she'd get five percent of the vote."
Currently, Trump’s rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich are both unable to secure the nomination with pledged delegates before the Republican convention.
“Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich should really get out of the race,” Trump said following his primary wins. “They have no path to victory."
According to NBC News reports on the morning of April 27, Trump won 109 delegates on April 26, with Kasich taking 5 and Cruz winning 3. Overall, Trump has 954 of the 1,237 needed to secure his party’s nomination. Cruz currently sits at 562 delegates and Kasich has 152.
“The media is going to say, 'The race is over,’” Cruz said prior to his major losses. “The media is going to say that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee." The senator also predicted that he would pick up steam as his campaign moved to “more favorable terrain” in Indiana, Nebraska and California.
An anti-Trump super PAC also preemptively spoke of a Trump victory, but downplayed it — saying the day’s primary results would have "no meaningful impact on his nearly impossible path to 1,237."