Trump closes in on official nomination delegate count

As of early Wednesday morning, The Associated Press had only awarded the presumptive nominee three out of West Virginia’s 34 delegates, but results show him with nearly 77 percent of the vote. If he is awarded all 34 delegates, that total, along with Nebraska’s winner-take-all 36 delegates, would put him just 99 delegates shy of the 1,237 needed to officially clinch the nomination.

The real estate mogul typically delivers a victory speech on primary nights, but his campaign instead sent out a statement thanking voters in both states.

“It is a great honor to have won both West Virginia and Nebraska, especially by such massive margins,” Trump said in a statement.

electoralcollege_small1 Trump closes in on official nomination delegate count

Earlier on Tuesday, Cruz floated the possibility of restarting his presidential campaign if he won Nebraska’s primary, though he said he didn’t expect to take the contest. Indeed, Cruz was on his way to losing by more than 40 percentage points.

The Texas senator repeatedly declined to endorse Trump, and ruled out a third-party challenge during a press conference outside his Senate office.

Trump will not reach the needed 1,237 delegate threshold until the Republican primaries wrap up. Primaries in Oregon and Washington state later this month could bring him about 70 percent of the way to the remaining number needed.