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Donald Trump bristles at Ted Cruz-John Kasich collaboration

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Donald Trump says an extraordinary collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at unifying the anti-Trump vote in some remaining primaries is a desperate move by “mathematically dead” rivals. Such collusion would be illegal in many industries, the Republican presidential front-runner said, but it’s illustrative of “everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system.” Under the arrangement outlined Sunday, Kasich, the Ohio governor, will step back in the May 3 Indiana contest to let Cruz bid for…

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How Donald Trump can lock up GOP nomination before the convention

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To all the political junkies yearning for a contested Republican convention this summer: not so fast. It’s still possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. His path is narrow and perilous. But it’s plausible and starts with a big victory Tuesday in his home state New York primary. Trump is the only candidate with a realistic chance of reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the July…

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Donald Trump has 17-point advantage over Marco Rubio in new Florida poll

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Donald Trump has a 17-point lead over Marco Rubio going into Tuesday’s presidential preference primary. According to a new Monmouth University Poll of likely primary voters in Florida, Trump is leading the Republican field with 44 percent support. Rubio is in second with 27 percent of Florida Republicans saying they backed him. Ted Cruz is in third with 17 percent, followed by John Kasich at 9 percent. “Florida is do or die for the Rubio campaign, but it looks like…

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Pro-Ted Cruz super PAC taking aim at Marco Rubio

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A rash of anti-Marco Rubio advertisements could be hitting Florida’s airwaves soon. On Monday, POLITICO reported that Keep the Promise I, the main super PAC backing Ted Cruz, is planning to air several advertisements taking aim at Rubio in his home state. The ads take on Rubio on several issues, including sugar subsidies and his tax plan. In one 30-second spot uploaded to Keep the Promise I’s YouTube page, the super PAC takes aim at Rubio’s attendance record. “Rubio talks…

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Rick Scott declines to endorse in Florida primary

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Gov. Rick Scott won’t be wading any deeper into presidential politics — at least not yet. The Naples Republican on Thursday said he would not endorse a candidate before the March 15 Republican primary. In a statement on his Facebook page, Scott said he has made it his practice “not to get involved in primaries because picking the Republican candidate is the voters’ job.” “The political class opposed me when I first ran for office, they did not want a…

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Donald Trump leads GOP field with 40 percent support in new poll

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More than 70 percent of Republicans said they believe Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee. According to an NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, 71 percent of registered Republicans said Trump will win the Republican nomination. That’s up 15 percent from just one week earlier. Trump leads the GOP pack with 40 percent support, followed by Marco Rubio at 21 percent. Ted Cruz is in third with 18 percent. According to the survey, 47 percent of Republicans said they…

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Super PAC backing Marco Rubio focuses on electability in new advertisement

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The super PAC backing Marco Rubio is out with a new advertisement meant to play up his electability. The 30-second spot, paid for by Conservative Solutions PAC and called “Both Right,” talks about why Rubio is the best man for the nomination. The advertisement, according to POLITICO Playbook, is expected to hit the airwaves Tuesday. “Marco Rubio is the conservative that can win and the Clinton machine knows it,” a man is heard saying in the advertisement. “Rubio can beat…

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