Donald Trump’s Campaign Predicts 1,400 Delegates—and No Contested Convention
In an internal memo circulated around Donald Trump’s campaign, advisers predicted that Trump would have 1,400 delegates by July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
“The Cruz spin machine produces more lies than anything else,” the memo reads. “Our projections call for us to accumulate over 1400 delegates and thus a first ballot nomination win in Cleveland.”
The memo came following Trump’s resounding delegate win in New York which saw him pick up 90 out of the 95 delegates—far exceeding expectations and polling.
It addressed the recent shakeup in the campaign, which had Corey Lewandowski demoted and hired veteran campaign manager Paul Manafort.
“Building out our campaign staff to make sure we leave no stone unturned and that we can win this thing on the up and up—not through a rigged set of rules.”
Candidates need at least 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. Trump has 845 delegates, with Cruz at 559 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 148, according to RealClearPolitics.
The memo also instructs surrogates to attack the Republican National Committee for the way they’ve treated Trump’s campaign.
“The RNC has a lot to answer for as do those who are part of the donor class and the party establishment,” it reads. “This movement scares the hell out of them and the people scare them, so they will do whatever they can to keep power.”
The memo was 1,165 words and was circulated around the various Trump surrogates by aide Erica Freeman. It also featured talking points outlining policy positions on foreign policy, trade, and Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
“Hillary email scandal is going to loom large over the next several months. If anyone else had done what she had done, they would already be in prison.”
It also addresses Trump’s low approval numbers, calling them “fluid” and compares Trump’s number’s to his opponents.
“On its face the argument is absurd,” the memo reads. “Everyone knows these numbers are quite fluid.”
The memo stacked his numbers against rivals including potential “white knight” nominee Mitt Romney:
“Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have almost identical numbers. Mitt Romney is wildly unpopular and gets crushed by Hillary Clinton in the poll.”