As part of the move, months in the making, they have installed Trump allies in state-level positions governing the process by which those states select delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Sanford told Fox News on Tuesday that “coronations are nice but they’re not particularly helpful to the working regular day folks that fall under them.
But a Trump campaign official stressed that the moves encouraged by their team and the RNC in 37 states to make “nuanced changes” to convention delegate selection rules were arguably “more impactful” than canceling the nominating contests.
Among the changes implemented – allowing the campaign to pick its own slate of delegates, binding delegates to the winner of the state’s primary or caucus, and raising the thresholds to make sure candidates receiving a small percentage of the votes don’t grab outsized numbers of delegates at the convention.
A campaign official pointed to Massachusetts, where they raised the threshold to receive delegates from 6 percent to 20 percent.