Time Running Out for Trump Alternatives

Senator Lindsey Graham warned on Wednesday that Mr Trump would lose in November’s election. Five more make it possible for one candidate to win all of the delegates, or at least a large majority. Finishing second and third in a variety of states (granted a close finish in Virginia) while only winning Minnesota (and appearing to be tied in the delegate allocation there) means whatever momentum Rubio was banking on should probably evaporate leading toward important contests on March 15.

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party. “And I said that’s simple: You don’t have to do it on the stage, but you clearly stand there and remind people that ‘tonight is not a reflection of the ideas, the issues, the vision”. “We have to make America whole”, she said. You might say it’s a duh. Like Trump, Clinton won seven of 11 states, picking up 486 delegates, and maintaining her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders.

But many Republicans see that redefinition as a complete dilution of the party’s message.

While Trump’s rivals promised to fight on, Republicans remained deeply divided over the preferred alternative.

Trump also won the most states and delegates, thanks to a crowded field that helped him despite polls that show most Republican voters don’t want Trump. That would free up delegates, after a failed first-round ballot, to vote for any candidate.

But Trump, who rolled to wins in at least seven states on Super Tuesday, was outdistancing both Cruz and his other top rival, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said he saw “no path forward” for his presidential campaign, though he has stopped short of ending his race completely. Cruz collected at least 144 delegates and Rubio picked up at least 71.

Rubio and Cruz may both harbor long-shot hopes that Trump fails to win enough delegate support to secure the nomination outright, leaving the convention to decide the nominee in July.

For one, Trump had virtually no campaign presence in Minnesota, other than a single staffer dispatched only recently and some supporters speaking up on their own. The former secretary of state now has 1,052 delegates to his 427, prompting us to consider: What will a Clinton v. Trump 2016 presidential election look like?

All of this speculation, however, ignores the fact that Trump is hugely popular among Republican voters largely because of the insider wheeling-and-dealing and big-money tactics exemplified by party leaders’ effort to bury him. Likewise Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In theory then, Cruz could beat Trump and snare Florida’s 99 delegates – if everybody else drops out and works their bottoms off for Cruz, while also continuing to lay down the heavy fire on Trump’s weaker positions. Elmore said she’s not a fan of the Trump style – “I’m not in love with the guy” – but does like his lack of political correctness.

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