President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE passed the delegate threshold required to be the presumptive 2020 Republican nominee with his victories in the Illinois and Florida GOP primaries Tuesday evening.
The wins were largely expected, with only former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won’t campaign or raise money The Hill’s Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE challenging Trump in the primaries after two other long-shot candidates, former Reps. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC’s Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: ‘FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL’ MORE (R-Ill.) and Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries MORE (R-S.C.) suspended their campaigns. Walsh ended his bid after receiving 1.1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, while Sanford dropped out last November without entering any contests.
The Florida win brought Trump’s total to 1,330 delegates, above the 1,276 threshold necessary to win renomination.
“The Republican Party is more unified and energized than ever before and it’s because of President Trump’s leadership and clear record of accomplishment on behalf of all Americans,” Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE, the president’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement.
The Trump campaign said in the same statement that vote totals from the primaries that have already been held puts Trump at least 4 million votes ahead of former President Clinton’s record for total votes cast for an incumbent in the same states. Trump set vote total records in the primaries for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington, the campaign said.
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