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Could an Indiana win for Trump end the GOP race?

Posted at 8:39 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 09:41:46-04

A lot of people are saying if Donald Trump gets the most votes in Indiana, he's pretty much won the nomination. Including Trump himself.

"If we win Indiana, it's over," Trump said.

So here's the math behind that claim: Trump currently has 997 delegates compared to Ted Cruz's 566. Republicans need 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.

And Indiana is a winner-take-most state, so of the 57 delegates the state has to offer, Trump is expected to get as many as 54 delegates on Tuesday.

That would put Trump at 1,051 delegates — just 186 short of the nomination.

And he's polling well enough in most of the remaining states that unless there's a major upset, the nomination is probably his.

So what major upset could ruin his chances? California. The state has so many delegates (172), if Trump doesn't win it, that would probably throw the GOP into a contested convention.

But that doesn't seem likely. According to RealClearPolitics, Trump is averaging 17 points above Cruz in California.

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