Trump: I'm Now the Presumptive Nominee

'It's over,' he says after sweeping 5 states
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2016 11:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "It's over," Donald Trump proclaimed Tuesday night after sweeping all five primaries by huge margins. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely," he said in a speech at Trump Tower in New York, per the Washington Post. "Honestly, Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race. They have no path to victory at all. We should heal the Republican Party, bring the Republican Party together. And I'm a unifier." He described the wins as a "massive landslide," and it wasn't hyperbole: He scored more than 60% of the vote in Rhode Island and Delaware and at least 55% in Maryland, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Politico notes that his dominance extended to evangelicals, who chose him over Ted Cruz 57% to 30% in Pennsylvania.

With 118 bound delegates at stake, Trump won at least 105—putting him around three-quarters of the way to the necessary 1,237—with five going to John Kasich and one to Ted Cruz. His haul includes all 17 bound delegates in Pennsylvania, though the state's 54 unbound delegates could complicate his path to the nomination, the Hill reports. In his victory speech, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton instead of his GOP rivals, calling her "crooked" and saying the "only card she has is the woman's card." "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote," he said. (Cruz, meanwhile, was in Indiana, where he made an embarrassing gaffe in the gym where Hoosiers was filmed.)

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