Donald Trump has won enough delegates to secure the nomination to represent the Republican party in November 2016 US Presidential elections. When he started, he was considered a forgettable underdog among numerous Republican candidates.
Now, the real estate billionaire magnate and self styled Donald Trump has forced the 16 other Republican candidates out, one by one, usually after heated uncivil exchanges, to reach 1,238 delegates, one more than he needed.
In theory, he may still not be the nominee, if the 95 unbound delegates change their mind during the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.
But it is unlikely they will change their mind, even though the party elite is slow to join the ranks behind Donald Trump. And he still has California to win on June 7, 2016 and other states. Hence, for all purposes, he is considered the de facto nominee.
That is why, perhaps, the Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders was quick to ask for a debate with Donald Trump, even before the general elections. In a twee on Thursday, Bernie was quick to jump on the occasion by saying: "Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June Primary".
To which Trump answered: "The problem with debating Bernie? He is going to lose."
In the meantime, Donald Trump has been exchanging unpleasant words with the Democratic leading candidate Hilary Clinton, directly through the media or though the ads.
The election game may be entering the best phase.