Donald Trump has won Nebraska and will take all of its 36 delegates in the winner-take-all contest. Slowly but surely, the billionaire is cobbling together the delegates he needs to officially clinch the Republican nomination. Yet, as of now, with no one running against him, the billionaire real estate magnate is he presumptive nominee. In both the West Virginia and Nebraska primaries, voters showed intense enthusiasm for Trump, along with feeling of anger and betrayal directed at the federal government and the national Republican Party respectively (via ABC News):
It clearly was a Trump-oriented electorate. Eight in 10 GOP primary voters in West Virginia said they were excited or optimistic about what Trump would do in office if he were elected president, as did six in 10 in Nebraska. Nine in 10 in West Virginia, and more than eight in 10 in Nebraska, saw it as likely that Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in November – far greater confidence than West Virginia Democratic primary voters expressed about Clinton beating Trump.
Nine in 10 in West Virginia, and more than eight in 10 in Nebraska, think it’s likely Trump would beat Clinton in November. That’s far greater confidence than West Virginia Democratic primary voters express about Clinton beating Trump.
That said, hints of intraparty dissonance remained, even in these electorates. Three in 10 West Virginia GOP voters thought the party still would be divided in November, notable given the lack of non-Trump supporters who turned out. And it was even higher in Nebraska, where more than four in 10 Republican primary voters thought the party still would be divided.
Trump has said that he would like a unified Republican Party, but doesn’t think he’ll need one to win in November.