Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination for president, according to an Associated Press news agency count.
The real estate billionaire was one delegate over the 1,237 threshold on Thursday after a small number of unbound Republican delegates said they would back him.
With another 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on 7 June, Mr Trump is expected to easily increase his total and avoid a contested party convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.
Against all expectations, the political newcomer saw off 16 other Republicans who sought the party’s presidential nomination for November’s election.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who looks likely to be Mr Trump’s Democratic opponent, is close to securing the delegate numbers she needs to win her party’s nomination…. see more