HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (April 13, 2016)-- Donald Trump has officially set up shop in Indiana. The republican presidential hopeful opened his first campaign headquarters in Indiana Wednesday in a Carmel strip mall, at 116th Street and Westfield Boulevard.
Republicans in Indiana are split though and already controversy is brewing over which candidate will get the state's 57 republican delegates.
“I think voters will support Trump, I do, I’m sure of it,” said Trump supporter Parrish Cooper.
Cooper and her husband Ron were some of the first to volunteer at Trump’s newly-opened Indiana headquarters.
“We need a change and it’s about time it gets started and he’s the man to do it,” said Ron Cooper.
As Trump’s office gets up and running, the campaign is heating up. So are the attacks. Indiana Republican Delegates have become the targets of hate mail coming from Trump supporters.
“North of 50 over a span of three or four days,” said Craig Dunn, the 4th Congressional District Republican Chairman, and one of Indiana’s 57 republican delegates.
In an interview with Politico last week, he told the website, “If Satan had the lead on him and was one delegate away from being nominated as our candidate, and Donald Trump was the alternative, I might vote for Donald Trump.”
It was after that story was published that Dunn’s inbox was inundated with hate mail.
“The nice ones said, ‘You are a traitor to your country,’ ‘You’re destroying America, the founding fathers are spinning over in their grave, and I hope you rot,’” he said.
That wasn’t even the worst of it. One republican delegate cited in the Politico article received this email:
“Hope the family is well. Your name and info has been given to me on a list that is about to go public. Good luck becoming a delegate, we are watching you.”
“We’re just the next rung on the ladder in a process that started ugly and is probably going to continue along that path,” said Dunn.
“There’s no place for that. That’s in very poor taste. That shouldn’t be happening; it’s deplorable, that shouldn’t be happening,” said Tony Samuel, the Vice Chairman of the Trump Indiana Campaign.
State police have investigated the emails and found no criminal intent, but Trump campaign officials are distancing themselves from the attacks.
“It might be just one person out there doing it, it might be a couple, maybe those folks are coordinating with each other, but absolutely nothing, the campaign would never be involved in that we don’t condone it, we condemn it,” said Samuel.
If Trump wins the popular vote in Indiana, he wins the majority of delegates. Dunn and other Congressional district delegates are required to vote for the candidate elected by the majority in their congressional district. They are bound to that candidate during the first vote at the convention. If no candidate reaches the necessary 1,237 delegates to seal their fate, the convention will go into a second vote and it’s during that process, delegates are unbound and can vote for whichever candidate they choose.