WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 — Donald Trump may have reached the number of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for president, but he still has one hurdle to overcome. He must secure the vote of the unbound delegates.
To win the nomination, Trump needs 1,237 delegates. He has won 1,239 so far, meaning he has passed that threshold. However, there are 132 unbound delegates included in that delegate count. That means these delegates are not required to vote for Trump at the convention.
At the first Republican Party Convention in 1856, the delegates were given the right to vote their conscience. Each delegate was free to vote for whomever he wished.
In 1976, the rules were changed to allow the binding of delegates. This was done as a strategy to block California’s then-Gov. Ronald Reagan from obtaining the nomination. The rule lasted only four years and was changed back in 1980.
This means the temporary rules for the 2016 convention are almost exactly the same as the first rule added in 1880.
Over the past months Trump has proven himself to be what America is ready for: a non-politician who will not bow to anyone, no matter the title or position. America is ready for someone who works for the people and not for those of influence. And while there are some who question his ability to adapt to a life in politics, others are in awe of him, including many of those that reside in political circles.
As former House speaker, Newt Gingrich told CNN, “No one in American history has moved from a June 16 announcement to a May 26 winning of a majority. Trump’s achievement is remarkable.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has also gotten behind Trump.
Groups like Black Lives Matter and Never Trump have failed in their attempts to block Trump’s march to the nomination. Even those who riot outside his rallies and attempt to intimidate his supporters have not slowed him.
This has not kept others others from trying.
The Washington Post and its owner Jeff Bezos assigned 20 reporters to dig into every area of Trump’s life. But will this investigative effort produce anything that is not already common knowledge? Could it turn up anything comparable to the mishandling of Benghazi? And if it does, will people really care? Probably not.
Many people simply (Red Alert Politics) do not want another Democrat in the White House, and they have decided to vote for anyone but Hillary. Including Donald Trump.
The American people know that many beloved presidents were far from sainthood. But still excelled at accomplishing amazing presidential terms.
Now that he has achieved the number of delegates needed for the nomination, Trump’s attempt to obtain the presidential nomination must continue.
It will continue even at the Republican Convention, where he will still have to win the votes of the delegates that are present.
Can Trump he do it? Can he clinch the nomination as easily as he wins his business ventures? Many are praying. Many are crossing their fingers.
Others are certain that he will make this deal.