Republican front-runner Donald Trump has plenty to smile about these days. His poll numbers continue to grow and recent estimates regarding how many delegates he has been awarded should make his supporters happy.
News organizations including Associated Press estimate that while they believe Trump hasn’t surpassed the 1,000 mark, it is clear that the results of the voting Tuesday in Pennsylvania had increased the front-runner’s lead in total number of delegates.
ABC News found that a large majority — 58 in total — committed to voting for Trump at the Republican National Convention in July, bring his total to 998.
Trump, however, believed that number was a little shy and announced on social media that he had 1,001 delegates.
We are now at 1001 delegates. We will win on the first ballot and are not wasting time and effort on other ballots because system is rigged!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2016
“We are now at 1001 delegates. We will win on the first ballot (in Cleveland) and are not wasting time and effort on other ballots because system is rigged!” Trump declared on social media.
It’s possible that the Trump campaign believed it had secured a total of 46 unpledged delegates in Pennsylvania, which would bring the delegate count to 1,001. It’s not exactly clear how Trump’s team calculated its delegate count to reach 1,001, and his campaign didn’t respond to a request for an explanation.
Trump has already considered himself the presumptive nominee, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to back down from that assumption any time soon.