Donald Trump yesterday claimed that he has crossed the 1,000 delegate mark. (AFP file photo)
Washington: Nearly 250 delegates short of bagging the Republican presidential nomination, party front-runner Donald Trump has exuded confidence that he would be able to defeat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton very easily in the November general elections.
“Every week – boom, boom, boom, I knocked them off,” Mr Trump told his supporters in California referring to the defeat of other Republican candidates by him.
From 17, only three are left in the fray.
“She (Hillary) will go down easier than any of the people we just beat. You are going to have an unbelievably good result in November,” 69-year-old Trump said.
Mr Trump yesterday claimed that he has crossed the 1,000 delegate mark.
He needs 1,237 delegates to earn the party’s presidential nomination. His other two presidential rivals Senator Ted Cruz from Texas and Governor John Kasich from Ohio are lagging far behind Mr Trump in delegate count.
In order to prevent him from becoming a party nominee, Mr Cruz and Mr Kasich have reached a strategic alliance to campaign in different States during the rest of the primaries.
Meanwhile, the controversial real-estate tycoon had to face public protest in California for the second consecutive day.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” he said when he took the stage.
According to reports, Mr Trump and his staff had parked their vehicles, crossed a median and entered the building through a side door to avoid protesters.
“My wife called and said there were helicopters following you… and then we went under a fence and through a fence. Oh boy, it felt like I was crossing the border, actually,” he said.
Mr Trump’s rival Mr Cruz condemned these protesters alleging that they are trying to silence a voice that they do not like.
Mr Cruz is more than 400 delegates away from Mr Trump. The two are battling out in Indiana where the next round of primaries is scheduled.
A latest poll suggested that Mr Trump has 41 per cent support followed by 32 per cent from Mr Cruz and 21 per cent by Mr Kasich.
Mr Trump told his supporters that he is on his way to be the party nomination. Meanwhile Republican women lawmakers urged Mr Trump to have a women on his vice presidential ticket.
“I would suggest a woman, because some of the remarks he has made about women are not going to help him appeal to some of the 53 per cent of the voting populace that are women,” Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis said.
Mr Trump would be well served by a running mate with more discipline to balance his unpredictability, she said.
“He has succeeded on the strength of his personality, so having a regional balance, as frequently happens, is not as important as perhaps having a personality balance,” she said.