Trump aide to lawmakers: We can clinch nomination
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A top aide to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE told lawmakers on Thursday that the campaign sees a path to winning the nomination outright and avoiding a messy contested convention. 

Ed Brookover, who manages Trump's delegate strategy, appeared bullish on the GOP front-runner's prospects after meeting with roughly a half-dozen lawmakers.

"Our path to 1,237 is pretty clear," Brookover told reporters after the meeting at the Capitol Hill Club. "I think we’re on a glide path."


Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), one of the first lawmakers to endorse Trump and the person who organized Thursday's gathering, said the discussion included an estimate that Trump could surpass the minimum of 1,237 and hit 1,265 delegates.

"We got to 1,265 in a conservative way," Collins said, adding that the Trump campaign expects to get 85 of out New York's 95 delegates after the state's Tuesday primary.

But Brookover wouldn't commit to necessarily clinching 1,265 delegates, saying that was a "back-of-the-envelope" estimate.

If Trump doesn't have 1,237 delegates heading into the convention, the GOP could choose a nominee after multiple ballots. Trump's rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes Press: Notorious RBG vs Notorious GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy MORE (R-Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are trying to prevent Trump from winning enough delegates to boost their prospects on a second or later ballot.

Collins and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), the chairmen of Trump's congressional outreach effort, said they plan to host weekly meetings with lawmakers whenever the House is in session.

Trump did not have a single congressional endorsement until last month, and now has nine lawmakers publicly backing him.