Donald Trump's most loyal supporters were being considered for positions in his presidential cabinet, among them former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, sources have told NBC News.
Trump will become the 45th president after a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton. With several states still too close to call, Trump won 278 electoral votes to Clinton's 218, according to NBC News' Decision Desk, surpassing the 270 needed to win.
Giuliani is being looked at for attorney general. Gingrich, an author of the Contract with America in the mid-1990s while in the Congress representing Georgia, could be a candidate for secretary of state.
Giuliani, who Tuesday night described a possible Trump victory as the people beating the establishment, demurred when NBC News' Chris Matthews asked him want he might want to do.
"It's too early for me to think about anything like that," he said.
Other possible names that have been put forward: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser; Steve Mnuchin, Trump's finance chairman, for treasury secretary, and Lew Eisenberg, the Republican National Committee finance chairman, for commerce secretary, three campaign advisers told NBC News. Flynn would need a waiver from Congress because he has not been retired from the military for seven years as would be required.
Reince Priebus, the current chairman of the Republican National Committee who was a staunch Trump defender, could be the chief of staff, according to NBC News.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was frequently mentioned as a possible member of a Trump administration before two of his top aides were convicted for causing a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.
Helping to vet the names are the conservative Heritage Foundation and Trump's running mate Mike Pence.
Trump's campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told NBC News that "none of this is accurate."