(Liberty Bell) – Even amid the greatest national crisis of his presidency, President Donald Trump is winning 2020.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump successfully secured the presumptive nomination of the Republican Party by securing the necessary delegates following primary elections in Illinois and Florida.
The AP reported on Wednesday:
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.
That makes Trump the undisputed Republican nominee as Democrats continue to wage a contested primary contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
This is the earliest the delegate calendar permits a Republican to clinch the nomination.
What’s more, despite facing no viable opponents for his party’s nomination, voters are still showing up in droves for Trump.
“It shows the enthusiasm behind President Trump, it shows how unified Republicans are behind President Trump and how intense their support for him is,” noted Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, who pointed out that the incumbent has also set record vote tallies even in largely uncontested elections.
“Republicans and President Trump’s supporters have been just itching to get involved in the process that will end with his reelection in November,” he noted.
Going into Tuesday, Trump had 1,141 delegates and needed just 135 more to win. The wins in Florida and Illinois were significant because their respective primaries both awarded all delegates to the winner.
Trump’s campaign had, no matter what the results of the race, had intended to credit Florida for putting him over the top as the state was vital to Trump’s surprise 2016 victory and will likely need to play the same role in 2020.
As the AP explains:
The president had accumulated all but one of the available delegates this primary season, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld winning a single delegate in the Iowa caucuses.
That lone Weld delegate can now vote for Trump if he is the only candidate nominated, according to GOP rules.
Trump’s re-nomination came much faster than in 2016, when he passed the magic number in late May in North Dakota. Trump marked the occasion with a news conference in Bismarck, during which he shook hands with the two delegates who had carried him over the threshold.
There was never a question that Trump would secure the nomination, and there’s no doubt that after the way he has handled the coronavirus crisis, it will be a shoo-in in November.