Trump aide to lawmakers: We can clinch nomination
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A top aide to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 CruzHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens 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.