Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, fresh off a string of election victories, said on Wednesday he was confident he would get enough delegates to win his party’s nomination and warned of unrest if it were denied to him.
Trump, in an interview with CNN, said if he got a large number of delegates and was still denied the nomination, “I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing many, many millions of people.”
Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were solidly on course Wednesday for their party’s presidential nominations for the November general election after convincing wins in the latest batch of US primary elections.
Trump won three states on Tuesday, including the big prize Florida, but lost Ohio to that state’s governor, John Kasich. Clinton won at least four states, dealing a blow to Bernie Sanders’ bid to slow her march toward the Democratic prize.
Trump, the brash and controversial businessman and reality TV star, has upended Republican politics by winning most of the state-by-state competitions for delegates who will choose the party’s nominee. He has seized on Americans’ anger with Washington politicians, discomfort with immigration and fears of terrorism, attracting voters with his blunt talk and promise to make America “great again.”
The Tuesday outcome was seen as pivotal for Republicans because, for the first time, two states - Ohio and Florida - had winner-take-all contests. A Trump sweep could have given him an insurmountable lead in the delegate count.
Trump won the biggest prize - all 99 Florida delegates - as well North Carolina and Illinois, and was locked in a tight race with Cruz in Missouri. He told a victory rally in Florida, “This was an amazing night.”
While Trump has amassed the most delegates, he’s winning just 46% of the delegates that have been awarded so far. If that pace continues, he would fall short of the majority needed to assure him the nomination at the party’s convention in July. The result could be a contested convention, creating an unpredictable outcome.
Trump said “we’d have riots” if the party tried to deny him the nomination if he went to the convention with close to the majority of delegates needed. “I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before,” Trump said on CNN.
Trump now has 621 delegates. Cruz has 396 and Kasich 138. Rubio left the race with 168 delegates. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.