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Schmidt Predicts Trump Wins Nomination on First Ballot — Will Clear 1,237 ‘By at Least 50 to 60 Delegates’

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt, now a political commentator for MSNBC, predicted Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump would not face a contested convention this summer at the RNC in Cleveland.

Schmidt said he expected Trump to clear the 1,237 threshold by “50 to 60 delegates.”

“[I] think when you look at the math of this race and look at states ahead, you look at the winner take all states, Donald Trump is going to be the first-ballot nominee of the Republican Party,” Schmidt said. “He will clear the 1,237 mark by at least 50 to 60 delegates by the time the votes are counted on June 7 in the state of California. And that presumes really Ted Cruz over performing at a level that he hasn’t been able to perform at thus far in the campaign.”

(h/t RCP Video)

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