WASHINGTON: Buoyed by his massive New York primary win, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is aiming to secure 1,400 delegates before the July convention and secure an outright nomination, according to a media report.
Internal documents show that the Trump Campaign advisers are projecting the 69-year-old tycoon-turned-politician to have 1,400 delegates when he goes to the Cleveland Convention, Washington Post reported.
This is more than the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican presidential nomination.
The projections were part of an internal memo sent by his campaign Tuesday night with talking points to his surrogates.
“The RNC has a lot to answer for as do those who are part of the donor class and the party establishment. We will get most of the delegates and we will, in just another week, close the door on other candidates getting to 1,237 before the convention,” the memo said.
“Speaking of delegates we are working every delegate elected just as hard as the other campaigns the Cruz spin machine produces more lies than anything else. Our projections call for us to accumulate over 1,400 delegates and thus a first ballot nomination win in Cleveland,” the internal memo was quoted as saying.
However, his rival Senator Ted Cruz from Texas disagreed claiming that Trump would not be able to reach the 1,237 figure before the convention.
“We are headed to a contested convention at this point. Nobody is getting to 1,237,” Cruz told Philadelphia radio.