There is no question Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign has encountered turbulence the last month.

Ted Cruz thumped him in the Wisconsin primary and out-maneuvered him on the ground for delegates in Colorado and Wyoming.

But the new Trump plan to win the Republican nomination involves taking action no one thought him capable of.

For months, Trump’s campaign has relied on free media and mega rallies to drive his message.

But in the Wisconsin primary, the constellation of establishment groups and the Cruz campaign outspent him 6 to 1.

Trump has survived bombardment on the TV airwaves without dipping into his bank account to return fire in contests like Florida, where he was outspent ten to one. But the combination of negative ads as well as an electorate of unfavorable demographic groups caught up to him in Wisconsin.

Had Trump won the Wisconsin primary, the nomination fight would have likely ended.

But the bruising defeat emboldened the establishment to fight on in a delegate-by-delegate slop through the end of the primaries.

To that end, Trump has approved a new spending and staffing plan that his campaign believes is necessary to win the Republican contest.

Politico reports:

“In a shakeup that’s roiling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the GOP front-runner told senior staffers at a Saturday meeting that he wants his recent hires Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley to take the reins in upcoming states, giving them a $20-million budget for key contests in May and June, according to three sources with knowledge of the meeting.

 The spending authorization, which covers most of the month of May, is far more than the campaign has spent in any prior month, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The cash infusion — which the sources said is intended to fund an aggressive advertising push, as well as more staff at Trump’s New York headquarters and in upcoming states — is part of an effort by the billionaire to expand and professionalize a shoestring operation that had mostly gotten by on the strength of free media exposure and a small core team.”

 The first crucial test of this new plan will be the Indiana primary on May 3rd, and with 57 delegates at stake, a win by Trump could prove decisive.

Political pundits rate Ted Cruz as a slight favorite in the Hoosier State, although there has been no public polling because Indiana bans robo-dialing, the favored method for many pollsters.

Committing his staff and TV advertising resources may allow Trump to mobilize the voting blocs in favor of his anti-amnesty, anti-globalist trade deals, and squeeze out a victory in Indiana.

 But the largest prize remaining in the nomination battle is California.

The Golden State votes on the final primary date of June 7th with 172 delegates at stake.

Trump’s new campaign team, headed by convention manager Paul Manafort, has devised an aggressive TV and on-the-ground staff strategy to win the lion share of California’s delegates and hit the magic number of 1,237 delegates.

Politico also reports:

“Manafort is planning a heavy advertising campaign in California, a change in strategy for a campaign which has spent relatively little on paid media in most states. He has also overseen the hiring of a campaign team in the state, according to sources familiar with the campaign and Saturday’s meeting.

 “Manafort told Trump he’s going to have spend a bunch more money if they’re going to get to 1,237 [delegates needed to win the nomination] — especially if they’re going to win California,” said a source person close to the campaign. Money is already flowing more freely, with thousands of dollars going to hotel accommodations for staffers in Pennsylvania, a departure from the campaign’s normally frugal habits, according to the source.

 At Saturday’s meeting, a source said Manafort also laid out a plan on Saturday for hiring at least five additional communications staffers to work in a national press office that has been mostly run by spokeswoman Hope Hicks, a relative political neophyte who learned presidential politics on the fly.”

Donald Trump rocketed to the top of the Republican nomination contest by confounding all of his critics with statements and actions that went against the grain of conventional wisdom.

By opening up his wallet and spending his money to beef up his campaign apparatus, he is moving toward a more traditional approach for the end of the game.