Changes within the Trump campaign are poised to dominate the delegate hunt in New York.
cnn.com reports: There are 95 delegates at stake in the state’s April 19 primary, where Trump has a wide lead. He picked up support from 52% of GOP primary voters in New York in a recent Monmouth University poll — well ahead of John Kasich at 25% and Ted Cruz at 17%.
But if Trump wants to turn it into a winner-take-all victory — or at least come close — his campaign will need to work to win more than 50% statewide as well as in congressional districts. Eighty-one of the state’s 95 delegates are bound to the winners of each of New York’s 27 congressional districts. Trump will need to win a majority of support in each district — or keep his opponents from reaching the 20% threshold — to keep all the delegates to himself.
“We don’t want to let that slip,” said Ed Brookover, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign. “Staying above 50% is important.”
That’s why the campaign on Thursday announced 17 New York campaign co-chairs — including two congressmen — spread throughout the state, who will help coordinate the campaign’s targeted congressional district efforts and serve as local media surrogates.
“We’re going to get every delegate. Every single delegate,” said Carl Paladino, Trump’s honorary New York campaign co-chairman. “We’ve been preparing an army across the state to get the vote out for us and it looks great.”