Trump’s operation to secure real supporters rather than notional ones to send to the July’s presidential nominating convention was caught napping and only activated in Missouri a week before delegate voting began. By the time the crucial delegate contests were over, the New York businessman found that the Texan tornado had left him in his dust…

Trump won the Missouri primary by a mere 0.2 percentage points, which meant he took 37 of the 52 delegates available. But party operatives say many of the 37 are likely to be under Cruz control and will abandon the New York businessman if he doesn’t win the nomination on the first ballot.

Missouri Republican insiders, and even local Cruz supporters, are mildly surprised that Trump didn’t up his game in the state. His top grassroots advisor there, Valinda Freed, is the sitting vice chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. She and other Trump supporters aren’t novices or as unfamiliar with the delegate process as their counterparts in other states the campaign bungled.