(NBC NEWS) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has a clear answer to questions about a contested convention in Cleveland — it's not happening.
"I know the press likes to talk about the brokered convention," he told NBC this week, "but I think we're doing really well."
The dealmaker, however, is not leaving anything to chance.
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While Trump publicly dismisses talk of a battle in Cleveland, he is quietly assembling a team of seasoned operatives to manage a contested convention. Their strategy, NBC has learned, is to convert delegates in the crucial 40 days between the end of the primaries and the convention - while girding for a floor fight in Cleveland if necessary.