Trump’s delegate count: Does California still matter?
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — With Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the race, California’s hopes of playing a decisive role in the presidential race is fading, but we’re not out of it yet.
Right now, it appears Donald Trump could still come up short of the delegates needed for the nomination and he could get there before the California vote is in.
It didn’t help California when Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted on Tuesday that Trump was the presumptive nominee.
"I want to thank and congratulate the RNC and Reince Priebus who I just spoke to. He’s doing a tremendous job," Trump said of the comment.
That was followed by an attempt to unify the party behind Trump’s candidacy.
"We talked about bringing the party together, and unifying, and I think that’s very important to him. Very important to me," Priebus said.
Trump has 1,047 delegates, 190 short of the nomination. There are nine primaries remaining.
Four states, with a total of 142 delegates, will come before California.
Were Trump to win all of those delegates, he’s still 48 short.
That brings us to June 7, when the last five states, including California, hold their primaries.
There’s a chance New Jersey’s vote will come in before California and put Trump over the top. If not, California could still have the decisive vote and the Republican party in California is gearing up to help.
"They had over 31 thousand people RSVP to his Orange County rally last week, as of Sunday they’ve had over 92 thousand people volunteer online to, in California to help on the Trump campaign," said political consultant John Hoy.
Hoy said Trump appears certain to win the nomination and with Cruz and Kasich dropping, that may lesson some voters enthusiasm.
A lot will depend on how many times Trump comes to campaign in California, probably less campaign stops now that Cruz and Kasich are out.
"He will certainly will come to California and I think realistically it puts a lot less pressure on him and probably reduces the number of days he actually spends campaigning, but I know that they have at least one major campaign rally planned they have not yet decided which city its gonna be in," Hoy said.
Trump never really struggled in the primary battles, but winning California in the November election is another story.
"It’s gonna be extremely difficult for him, for Trump to win California regardless of how well he does nationally. California is just such a Democrat bastian overall," Hoy said.
Trump’s other problem in November is his high negatives. The party has never had a candidate with such high negatives, but neither has the Democrat party in Hillary Clinton.