Donald Trump Clinches Republican Nomination After Securing Required Delegates

The real estate mogul reached the magic 1,237 number.

He reached the magic 1,237 number with more than a half-dozen contests left to go, including California, the most delegate-rich state in the country.

During an energy policy speech in North Dakota today, Trump thanked the local delegates for being the ones to put him over the edge.

"I was coming out of my building this morning and there was a big news flash that Donald Trump had won the nomination. And I said, ‘What happened.’ I thought I had to wait a couple more weeks," Trump said this afternoon.

"North Dakota, you brought us over the line folks. I will always remember that."