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Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries

Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE passed the delegate threshold required to be the presumptive 2020 Republican nominee with his victories in the Illinois and Florida GOP primaries Tuesday evening.

The wins were largely expected, with only former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans MORE challenging Trump in the primaries after two other long-shot candidates, former Reps. Joe WalshJoe WalshGOP lawmakers mourn death of Rush Limbaugh Sacha Baron Cohen pens op-ed on the dangers of conspiracy theories Sunday shows preview: Protests continue over shooting of Blake; coronavirus legislation talks remain at impasse MORE (R-Ill.) and Mark SanfordMark SanfordLobbying world 5 lawyers leave Trump impeachment team ahead of trial: reports South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote MORE (R-S.C.) suspended their campaigns. Walsh ended his bid after receiving 1.1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, while Sanford dropped out last November without entering any contests.

The Florida win brought Trump’s total to 1,330 delegates, above the 1,276 threshold necessary to win renomination.

“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,” Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE, the president’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement.

The Trump campaign said in the same statement that vote totals from the primaries that have already been held puts Trump at least 4 million votes ahead of former President Clinton’s record for total votes cast for an incumbent in the same states. Trump set vote total records in the primaries for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington, the campaign said.