Tuesday night was an eventful night in the Democratic presidential primaries, even though it may not have been a decisive one. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's had a virtual lock on her party's nomination for weeks, came away with a narrow victory in the state of Kentucky, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders scored a solid victory in Oregon. But what about the Republican side, where the field has been down to one candidate for weeks? Did Donald Trump get all of Kentucky and Oregon's delegates in each state's primary, or did he fall short?
Well, that's actually kind of a trick question. One of the occasionally confusing things about the presidential primaries is that the parties don't always hold their state contests at the same time. While both the Democrats and Republicans voted in Oregon on May 17, Kentucky Republicans got their primary out of the way back in early March.
As such, when Trump was running in the Kentucky primary, he wasn't the sole candidate and presumptive nominee he is now; he was still facing off against Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. And although Trump ended up winning Kentucky against his three opponents, the delegate breakdown reflects that he was facing stiff competition then — he only won 17 of the state's 46 delegates, compared to 15 for Cruz, and seven apiece for Rubio and Kasich.
The GOP did hold its Oregon primary on Tuesday, however, and the results were more reflective of Trump's current position atop the heap of the party. It still wasn't a clean sweep, though: According to The New York Times' delegate tracker, with 61 percent reporting, Trump had claimed 17 of the state's 28 delegates, against just three apiece for Cruz and Kasich.
Those numbers will look a little different when the results are final, however. Oregon has 28 total delegates, meaning there are still five unaccounted for so far. Regardless, even at his current number he's ahead of his pace to reach the magic number for the Republican nomination, a pledged delegate majority of 1,237. At the start of the day, he sat at 1,144.
As it stands now, Trump has things lined up to cinch the nomination on June 7th, following the massive California primary. The Golden State is the single biggest delegate haul on the GOP schedule at 172, and a dominant showing there could put him over the top on its own, to say nothing of the other contests that same day in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. In other words, the Trump Train continues to speed along the tracks, with nothing even remotely in its way.