New Hampshire is unique in that the campaigns are able to select their slate of delegates and submit names to the N.H. secretary of state for certification. The campaign manager, whose name was confirmed by a member of the New Hampshire Republican Party leadership, is not the only campaign official on the delegate list. Former statehouse speaker Bill O'Brien – Sen. Ted Cruz's New Hampshire co-chair – is also listed as a delegate. The campaigns submitted a list of 20 potential delegates and 20 alternatives to the N.H. secretary of state before the February primary.
The remaining three Republican presidential candidates are gearing up for a potentially messy convention in July, which could be triggered if no candidate captures the 1,237 pledged delegates necessary to win the nomination outright. Trump is the only candidate who could realistically amass that number at this point, but his chances of crossing that threshold remain uncertain.
The Trump campaign, in the meantime, has insisted publicly that they do not thing the party will have a brokered convention – even as it has set up a team to manage delegate commitments and appointments.
"I think we'll win before getting to the convention," Trump said Wednesday when asked about the possibility of a contested convention. "I don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots. You know, I'm representing a tremendous -- many, many millions of people, in many cases first time voters."
Karen Tumulty contributed to this story.