AP: Trump secures delegates needed to clinch Republican presidential nomination

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing its own delegate count.

A small number of unbound delegates said they would support Trump at the party's July convention, the AP reported, pushing the billionaire businessman over the 1,237-delegate threshold he needed to avoid a contested convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

Trump, a billionaire New York real estate magnate and former reality TV star, had become the

U S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Cathedral City, California, U.S., May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

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