Trump aide to lawmakers: We can clinch nomination
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A top aide to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting 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.