AP: Trump Secures Earliest-Possible GOP Nomination

By Craig Bannister | March 18, 2020 | 5:06pm EDT
Pres. Donald Trump
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As former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders duke it to be the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee, President Donald Trump locked up the Republican nomination with primary wins on Tuesday.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that Trump’s primary wins in Florida and Illinois put him over the top:

“Trump, who had only token opposition, now has more than the 1,276 delegates needed after winning Tuesday’s Florida and Illinois primaries, according to The Associated Press’ delegate count.”

“This is the earliest the delegate calendar permits a Republican to clinch the nomination,” according to the AP.

In 2016, Trump didn’t secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination until late May.

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