Associated Press formally declares election will be Trump vs. Clinton
The Associated Press—with a number of media outlets following their lead—has determined Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the major parties’ presidential nominees in the November general election.
Those declarations were based on the assumption that unbound delegates in either party—who will remain free to vote for whomever they want—will vote as they have indicated to the media. But on “Final Tuesday,” both candidates had the ability to lock in those nominations by accumulating the necessary bound delegates.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has 1,764 hard-pledged delegates, and there were 676 pledged delegates up for grabs. She needs a total of 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump has 1,138 hard-bound delegates, and there are 303 delegates—the overwhelming majority of which are awarded in a winner-take-all fashion—up for grabs. He needs a total of 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.
Here’s a rundown of the seven states that are voting on Final Tuesday, in chronological order:
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