Donald Trump will be Republican nominee for President

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Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has exceeded the minimum number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, media reports said on Thursday.

By securing 1,238 delegates, one more than the magic number required, Trump has wrapped up victory in the Republican primary season and avoided a contested convention that some of his political enemies within the Grand Old Party had been seeking, EFE news reported.

The candidate was pushed over the top when a small group of unbound delegates said they would support him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, according to media reports.

Steve House, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and an unbound delegate who confirmed his support of Trump to the AP, said he likes the billionaire’s background as a businessman. “Leadership is leadership,” House said. “If he can surround himself with the political talent, I think he will be fine.”

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Trump is expected to further add to his delegate count after June 7 primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

Trump entered a new phase of his campaign Tuesday night by holding his first major campaign fundraiser: a $25,000-per-ticket dinner in Los Angeles.

Trump, 69, the son of a New York City real estate magnate, rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, through major real estate deals. He has seen  his financial fortunes rise, then fall, and then rise again. He also gained notoriety by hosting “The Apprentice” TV show and authoring more than a dozen books. – IANS

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