BOOM: Donald Trump May Have Just Secured the GOP Nomination

BOOM: Donald Trump May Have Just Secured the GOP Nomination

When it comes to Presidential politics, you find that at it’s very core- it’s all about math. Such as in the fight for delegates leading up to this summer’s Republican National Convention. Some numbers have been ran and the results are in…

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The delegate math is close to conclusive: Donald Trump will be extremely close to the 1,237 delegates he needs to formally claim the party’s nomination by the end of the primary process.

Let’s do the math — or, rather, let’s do the math forwarded to me by a Republican number-cruncher who counts himself as a card-carrying member of the Republican establishment but who also regards Trump’s nomination as nearly inevitable. (Sidenote: These are back-of-the-envelope calculations. Each state allocates delegates differently and so in order to understand the broad sweep of where the delegate count will end up, you have to make some rough assumptions. If you want detailed analysis of how each state does it, check out the invaluable FHQ site.)

Through three states, Trump has 67 delegates as compared to 11 for Ted Cruz, 10 for Marco Rubio, five for John Kasich and three for Ben Carson. The Nevada Republican caucuses will give out 30 delegates on a proportional basis tonight; FHQ’s Josh Putnam estimated in December that Trump would win 12 delegates, but he now seems likely to perhaps claim a few more than that.

That’s our starting point.

The biggest chunk of delegates, approximately 55 percent (1,360 delegates) are doled out proportionally. Assuming that past is prologue, let’s give Trump 30 percent of these delegates, which totals 408.

Sixteen percent of the delegates will be doled out on a winner-take-all basis, meaning that if you win the state you win all of its delegates. The two biggest prizes in the winner-take-all states, which, under Republican National Committee rules, can’t hold a presidential vote until March 15, are Ohio and Florida. The former allocates 66 delegates, the latter 99. Connecticut, which allocates 25 delegates, is a somewhat special case, but, for the moment, let’s leave it in winner-take-all. (More on Connecticut below.) Given Trump’s dominance in polling in these winner-take-all states, give him all 396 delegates available.

There are 618 delegates (25 percent of the total) given out in some sort of hybrid process — a combination of winner-take-all and proportional allocation. Give Trump half of the winner-take-all and 30 percent of the proportionals. (Like we said, this is a rough calculation.) That’s 412 delegates.

Another 4 percent of delegates are allocated by conventions and caucuses. Again, assume Trump gets 30 percent, which makes for 30 more delegates. Seven percent of delegates are RNC members. It’s hard to imagine Trump winning any of these. So, zero in that category.

Add it all up and you have Trump at 1,246 delegates — or nine more than he would need to be the party’s official nominee at the party convention in Cleveland in July.

For all the talk about Rubio vs. Cruz and who might be the stronger candidate in a one on one against Trump, it’s worth noting that the cake is very, very close to being baked for Trump on the delegate math. Something cataclysmic is going to have to happen — and soon — to keep Trump from being over or very close to the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the party’s nominee when these primaries end on June 7.

It won’t make any difference for Trump. If Cruz, Rubio, and Carson supporters choose not to support Trump- they just won’t vote. Then the win goes to Hillary. It’s happened before, it can happen again. Terrifying to think about. Coming together as one unit of voters and supporters of whoever the GOP candidate is that is chosen, is the only way to save ourselves. Otherwise…better start running to the hills, when Hillary takes the White House. That physically hurt to say…

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