Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination for president.
Can Nebraska Republicans unite behind him?
Nebraska Republican Executive Director Bud Synhorst says this has been an unusual election season, to say the least.
“When I talk to a lot of my operative friends, we talk about how this cycle has defied all political science gravity,” Synhorst says with a chuckle during a telephone interview with Nebraska Radio Network.
Enough uncommitted delegates have now pledged their support to Trump, giving him the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination when Republicans gather for their convention later this year in Cleveland.
Synhorst says Trump tapped into the anger and frustration of a certain portion of the electorate traditional politicians seemed unable to reach.
Ask whether it took an outsider to do that, Synhorst simply replies it was an outsider who did.
“He’s had some success in business and, you know, let’s see what we can do to make our country successful,” Synhorst says. “I think our country is not the power it used to be and it’s time for us to be that power again.”
Many Nebraska Republicans, most prominently U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, have been reluctant to endorse Trump, though his nomination has seemed assured for months. Sasse remains a holdout, stating he won’t endorse Trump.
Synhorst believes Nebraska Republicans will unite behind Trump if for no other reason than to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]