Declaring that he feels “honored to have the support” of two United States Congressman in his bid to succeed Barack Obama as this nation’s President, Donald Trump told media Thursday that both Representatives, Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York “share my vision of securing our borders, strengthening our military, treating our veterans with the respect and care they deserve and putting Americans first again.”
In his statement to journalists, Trump characterized Hunter and Collins as “conservative stalwarts,” according to the write up by S.A. Miller of the WashingtonTimes. Also mentioned in Miller’s article is the information that Trump was conducting meetings Thursday in Washington. “Earlier in the week, the Trump campaign announced that it planned to open a Washington office to run the convention and delegate operations and coordinate work with the Republican National Committee and Congress.”
About those votes…
About the public’s concern regarding the convention and votes, the RNC has also announced it just launched a website to explain “delegates” to voter, per their own information over at their GOP/convention-facts website. Also provided is an “unofficial” delegate scorecard which estimates Donald Trump as having 749 delegates to his nearest rival, Ted Cruz, with 455. John Kasich has 144 delegates as well, according to the Republican tally. The number any GOP candidate needs to score is 1237 delegates to win nomination.
This year, the Republican’s will head to Cleveland, Ohio for their national political confabulation. The date for that is July 18, and by the time it ends there should emerge Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees. About that part of the problem, the website states this; “A candidate must win the votes of a majority of delegates to secure the nomination. In 2016, the magic number is 1,237 (50% + 1 of the 2,472 Convention delegates). Most delegates will go to Convention ‘bound’ to vote for a particular candidate, based on how their state or territory voted.”
The RNC will act solely as an “administrative voice during this Convention. “The RNC plays a purely administrative role at Convention, ensuring that the rules and processes are carried out in a transparent manner.”
Trump remains positive, it seems. According to a story from CNN online, Trump has tweeted after the big meeting with the RNC Thursday: “Just had a very nice meeting with @Reince Priebus and the @GOP. Looking forward to bringing the Party together — and it will happen!”