The following is an excerpt from Gregory Krieg and Tal Yellin | April 27, 2016 | CNN.com |
Donald Trump is closing in on the Republican presidential nomination.
Following his Super Tuesday sweep, Trump enters the final 10 contests of the 2016 Republican primary race in a strong position to capture the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination and avoid a convention showdown. He currently leads the pack with 988 bound and unbound delegates, trailed by Ted Cruz, at 568, and John Kasich, who sits third among the remaining GOP hopefuls with 152.
Cruz and Kasich have already been mathematically eliminated from reaching 1,237 before the convention. But Trump now has a good chance, although he'll need to perform well in Indiana, where recent polls suggest a tight race, and in the four remaining winner-take-all states. What's more, the biggest prize of all, California, does not hold its primary until June. It's nearly impossible for him to clinch the key delegate threshold before the last races.
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