Trump receives number of delegates needed to clinch nomination

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Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the national convention in July. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.

“I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard said. “I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump.”

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination and Trump has reached 1,238. With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will pad his lead, avoiding any opportunity for a contested convention in Cleveland.