Donald Trump became the likely GOP nominee on Tuesday as top rival Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race, an outcome that was unthinkable to many just a few months ago.
"We are going to win again and we are going to win again bigly," a confident Trump declared from Trump Tower in New York.
He will now represent the party of Abraham Lincoln in the general election despite little connection to the party's traditional trio of social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and national security conservatives, NBC News reported.
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The real estate mogul won by tapping into a primal desire among GOP voters for a swaggering populist who would buck orthodoxy on trade, protect entitlements, build a border wall, deport all undocumented immigrants, and implement an "America First" foreign policy.