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Eight Delegates From Virgin Islands Put GOP Presidential Nomination Within Reach For Donald Trump

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate John Canegata.  08 Octiber 2014.  © Aisha-Zakiya Boyd

CHRISTIANSTED –Donald Trump is counting eight delegates from the Virgin Islands as his own, putting him within 68 delegates of clinching the Republican nomination for president.

State G.O.P. Chairman John Canegata  of St. Croix is one of those Trump delegates.

Canegata says eight of the territory’s nine delegates have pledged to support Trump. The last one is uncommitted.

There is a dispute over which Republican delegates from the Virgin Islands will be sent to the national convention. Six delegates elected at the territorial convention in March were disqualified.

If the disqualified delegates press their case, the matter could ultimately be decided by the credentials committee at the national convention.

Trump now has 1,169 delegates. It takes 1,237 to win the GOP nomination.

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