Republican Party reaching a turning point – many now accepting Trump to avoid contested convention.
Whether through resignation, acceptance or enthusiasm, top Republican leaders across the nation are now beginning to reach the same conclusion: Donald J. Trump will be their nominee for President of the United States, according to Philip Rucker, of The Washington Post.
His back-to-back wins in six state primaries, his skyrocketing delegate count, and growing high-profile endorsements are creating a momentum that even the “Never Trump” people can’t stop. “The party is at a turning point,” writes Rucker. Die-hard Republicans who are opposed to Trump are still afraid of the “damage” they believe he might do – but they’re beginning to be more afraid of the long-term damage a contested GOP convention could do.
Former CO state chair Dick Wadhams said, “More and more people hope he wins that nomination on the first ballot because they do not want to see a convention that explodes into total chaos. People just want this to be over with — and we need a nominee.”
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] With likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pivoting to a general election and her well-funded allies readying for a full-out assault, Republicans are eager to unite quickly. Some are fearful that waiting until the convention in Cleveland to pick a nominee would put the party at a disadvantage in raising money and engaging the Democrats.
“The lion’s share of Republicans want the process settled,” said Mike Dennehy, a veteran New Hampshire-based party strategist. “There’s anxiety setting in about the process, and that’s what people are tired of. They just want it done, they want the fighting to stop, and they want a general-election campaign to begin in a meaningful way.” [/pullquote]
Senator Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is hoping for a contested convention – it’s the only chance he has left. Thursday Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his choice for a vice-presidential running mate. He acknowledged that he knew he couldn’t win the 1,237 delegates, but declared that Donald Trump won’t win them either.
The Washington Post quotes Newt Gingrich as saying, “Show me mathematically how you’re going to stop him. This all assumes, by the way, that the guy who wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ can’t figure out a way to make a deal with the undecided delegates.”
And from Congressman Bill Shuster, of Pennsylvania: “It’s time for our party to unite behind Donald Trump and focus our time and energy on defeating Hillary Clinton,” Shuster said in a statement.
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