Trump Only Needs 1,100 Delegates to Get the Nomination, Says Republican National Committee Member

Georgia lawyer Randy Evans weighs in on "Morning Joe."
April 13, 2016 Updated: April 13, 2016

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump only needs to get 1,100 delegates, not 1,237 says Georgia lawyer and Republican National Committee member Randy Evans on April 13, as reported by Politico

“If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee, even though he may not have 1,237,” Evans told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee, even though he may not have 1,237.

Evans currently serves as co-chairman of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, the chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Committeeman for the Republican National Committee.

He notes that the nomination becomes more complicated if Trump has between 1,000 and 1,100 delegates: 

“And then in the middle there’s that gray area between 1,000 and 1,100, and that’s where the unbound delegates or the delegates that have been released by other candidates come into play to see if there are enough of those to get either [Ted] Cruz or Trump over the finish line,” he said.

These numbers are important as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz each try to out-maneuver each other to pick up and solidify delegates in different states. In Colorado, Cruz picked up all 34 delegates, effectively blocking Trump from getting any delegates. 

Currently, Trump leads Cruz by 225 delegates—758 to 533.

The next contest for delegates is the New York primary on April 19, where 95 pledged delegates are to be allocated. Trump has maintained a large 30+ point polling average in the state.