"Barron asks me, 'When are you coming home daddy?' because I have barely seen him," Trump said.

By Linda Marx
Updated March 16, 2016 01:45 AM
Credit: Richard Ellis/Corbis

Standing before 10 American flags in the opulent Grand Ballroom of Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump thanked his children and wife for their help in his sweep of the Florida primary Tues. night and for easily winning two other states.

“This is an amazing evening,” he said in a short victory speech about 10 p.m.

“I want to thank my sons Eric and Don, and Ivanka who is ready to have a baby, and her husband Jared who is amazing.”

Trump, who was greeted in the marble and crystal chandelier filled ballroom by more than 500 friends, followers and Mar-a-Lago Club members, also thanked his wife Melania for her patience during his months of grueling travel.

“Melania is very supportive,” he said.

Trump promised his youngest son Barron, who will be 10-years-old on Sunday, that he will be seeing him very soon.

“Barron asks me, ‘When are you coming home daddy?’ because I have barely seen him,” Trump said.

“I told him I will be home in a couple of weeks.”

The Power of Celebrity Political Endorsements


These important primary victories give Trump a commanding delegate lead in the Republican presidential race. Those who know him well are excited and energized.

“This is a movement for Donald Trump,” Mar-a-Lago Club member Gary Shottenstein tells PEOPLE.

“It’s special because he appeals to a wide segment of the population.”

Some of them gathered for the evening are more colorful than others.

In addition to well tanned women of all ages dressed in colorful long gowns, short cocktail dresses and skinny jeans with sky high Manolo Blahniks, one female fan was all decked out in a Trump hat dangling with campaign slogans.

“You don’t see women dressed like this everywhere,” a Japanese journalist tells PEOPLE.

Among the politicians seated in the audience were Former U.S. Representative Mark Foley and former Ambassador to Hungary Nancy Brinker, founder of Global Strategy for Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization.

Other long time admirers of Trump and his business acumen were milling around the room, clapping and hugging their friends.

“I am thrilled to be here celebrating tonight because I believe Donald has all the attributes to be a successful President,” Robin Bernstein, a Mar-a-Lago Cub member who is part of the brand new “Palm Beachers for Trump” group, tells PEOPLE.

“He is an astute businessman who loves his country. He is a genuine patriot.”