(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- It’s official: President Donald Trump has officially secured the Republican nomination for the 2020 election.
By winning primary elections in Illinois and Florida Tuesday night, Trump has now exceeded the mark of 1,276 delegates that he needed to secure his party’s nomination. In Trump’s second go-around, he ended up accomplishing the feat a full two months earlier than he did last time, in 2016.
While it certainly isn’t a shock at all that Trump has the Republican nomination this time — while in 2016, it was considered a surprise victory — it did still end the final hopes of longshot competitors, Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford and Bill Weld.
In a statement, Brad Parscale, Trumps’ campaign manager, said:
“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. As his response to the coronavirus has shown, and as the broad and strong economy demonstrates, the President wakes up every day putting America first in every decision he makes. And voters have responded.”
Before the primary season got underway, there were rumors that some bigger-name Republicans could throw their hat in the ring to try to unseat Trump — which would have been a monumental accomplishment.
Only five times in the history of the country has a sitting president not won his party’s nomination in his bid for re-election — Franklin Pierce, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson and Chester Arthur. But Pierce is the only one of that group who was elected to be president in the first place; the others all ascended to the position after the death of a president.
No serious challenger ever emerged in the Republican primary. Weld was the only candidate other than Trump to win even one delegate, and his was only a single one that he received in the Iowa caucuses.
Josh Putnam, a political scientist and expert on delegates for Frontloading HQ, said Trump’s easy primary victory, “speaks to something we kind of knew going into this. The party, at least the folks opting to turn out to vote, were unifying behind their president.”
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, agreed:
“It shows the enthusiasm behind President Trump. It shows how unified Republicans are behind President Trump and how intense their support for him is. Republicans and President Trump’s supporters have been just itching to get involved in the process that will end with his re-election in November.”
With the Republican nomination now officially in his pocket, the Trump campaign can turn their full attention to the Democrats — not that they haven’t been doing that already. What was once a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic primary has quickly turned into a two-horse race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, with Sanders fading fast.
In all likelihood, Trump will be pitted head-to-head against Biden, former President Barack Obama’s vice president, which should align quite well with Trump’s views that the Obama administration did the country wrong.