Gingrich: After New York Trump is Presumptive Republican Nominee
After his massive win in New York State Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee. Gingrich added that if it was any other candidate than Donald Trump, the media would be saying his rivals’ efforts were hopeless and the establishment would be pressuring them to exit the race.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2016
Gingrich Productions reported:
The scale of Donald Trump’s victory in New York turned him from frontrunner into presumptive Republican nominee.
The vehemently anti-Trump faction of the party will reject this conclusion.
The news media will dither and analysts will knit pick.
The pseudo-sophisticated will point to the cleverness of stealing delegates legally pledged to Trump.
It is all baloney.
Trump’s emphasis on the will of the voters will “trump” these arguments and analyses. When one candidate has won the lion’s share of the popular vote–and almost certainly Trump will have won more than his two rivals combined–the Republican base is not going to support overturning that outcome with insider cleverness at local, state or national conventions.
And even those efforts are likely to be moot since Trump seems poised to win the nomination outright.
Let’s start with New York.
As I write, the latest numbers are 89 delegates for Trump, 3 for John Kasich, and zero for Ted Cruz.
Let me repeat: the champion of the stop Trump movement just won ZERO delegates.
Ahh, the sophisticates say, but this is Trump’s home state. Of course he won all the delegates. If that is the standard, let’s look at the results in Cruz’s home state…
…Take a clear-eyed look at the numbers. After New York, Trump has 845 delegates. Cruz has 559, and Kasich has 147.
So Trump is 139 delegates ahead of the other two combined.
He is almost 300 delegates ahead of Cruz, his closest rival.
Every analysis of the next few weeks indicates Trump’s margin will widen and he will move steadily closer to 1237. Already, he is only 392 short before any undecided delegates, Rubio delegates, and the like are counted.
These are the numbers of a presumptive nominee, not a front runner. If this were any candidate but Donald Trump, the media would be saying his rivals’ efforts were hopeless and the establishment would be pressuring them to exit the race.
It is time for the GOP establishment to work with this new reality rather than wage war against it.
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