Donald Trump’s overnight transformation from a candidate scorned by the Republican establishment to the party’s presumptive presidential nominee will ramp up pressure on GOP leaders and elected officials to fall in line behind him.
Until now, support for Mr. Trump’s campaign from party leaders hasn’t grown nearly as rapidly as have his popular-vote totals. Only 12 of the 300 Republicans serving in the House and Senate, and three of the 31 Republican governors, have endorsed the New York businessman, despite a month long winning streak.
But with Mr. Trump’s closest competitor, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, abandoning his campaign, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calling for unity, GOP leaders are likely to heed the rank-and-file’s overwhelming choice. Still, some party elders think the embrace of Mr. Trump will happen gradually.
“The path to national recovery is getting longer—as both
broken parties move closer to nominating fundamentally
dishonest 2016 candidates.” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)
“This will be evolutionary,” said Haley Barbour, a former RNC chairman and governor of Mississippi. “We’re about to nominate two of the most negatively perceived candidates in the history of polling, so I don’t think everyone is going to be happy and jolly immediately,” he said.
Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse, who also had harsh words for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, said, “The path to national recovery is getting longer—as both broken parties move closer to nominating fundamentally dishonest 2016 candidates.”Read the rest of the story HERE.
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