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Trump team expects to clinch before convention: report


Donald Trump's campaign says it has revised targets that would make the GOP presidential front-runner the party's presumptive nominee by mid-May and win him the delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the convention in July, the Washington Post reported.


"Our target date is June 7, but our goal is in the middle of May to be the presumptive nominee," said Paul Manafort, Trump's new convention manager. 


He said Trump would have to go on a month-long hot streak starting with New York's April 19 primary, quiet talks of a contested convention and gain commitments from unbound delegates.


The earliest Trump could amass the necessary 1,237 delegates to clinch is June 7, when California and New Jersey vote. Between now and then, he'd need to win 60 percent of the delegates available, according to the report. 


Trump's rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich have said they anticipate a contested convention in which they'll try to flip Trump delegates.

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