Donald Trump, the only candidate still active in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, has won the West Virginia and Nebraska primaries.
West Virginia has 34 Republican delegates, with 22 awarded on a winner-take-all basis statewide and the remainder to the winner in each congressional district. Three of them have been allocated to Trump so far, according to the Associated Press. Nebraska has 36 delegates, with a similar structure for allocation to candidates, and all of them have been allocated to him, bringing his total of 1,107 of the 1,237 he needs to win the nomination. Further delegate counts will be reported later.
West Virginia was called for Trump shortly after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. local time. Later, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, he had 77 percent of the vote, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 9 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich 7 percent. With all the votes counted in Nebraska, Trump had 61 percent of the vote, Cruz 19 percent, and Kasich 11 percent.
Cruz, who had suspended his campaign last week after Trump's win in Indiana, had said earlier Tuesday that he might return to the race if he won Nebraska.
"We launched this campaign intending to win. The reason we suspended our campaign was that with the Indiana loss, I felt there was no path to victory," he said today on Glenn Beck's radio program. "If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly."
Kasich, who had been running third in the race, also suspended his campaign last week.
Trump did not give a victory speech but instead released this statement, CNN reports: "It is a great honor to have won both West Virginia and Nebraska, especially by such massive margins. My time spent in both states was a wonderful and enlightening experience for me."