Trump's rivals bow out of Republican race

National Republicans have already given peeks at the overall playbook they intend to use against Clinton if she is the Democratic nominee.

In the Republican primary, Trump figured out what Republican voters wanted. Neither former President George W. Bush nor Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, plans to attend the party's national convention in July.

In fact, more than 64,000 TV ads have attacked Trump in some fashion as of Monday, including about 8,000 from Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, a firm that monitors advertising on broadcast television and national - but not local - cable.

The two withdrawals shook the U.S. media, which, for long time, was reluctant to take Mr Trump as a serious candidate. "Honestly, there are some people I really don't want".

But even though a vocal segment of the Republican Party has denounced Trump, so far few have been willing to go as far as saying they would back Clinton in the fall.

Donald Trump speaks to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in Manhattan following his victory in the in primary on May 03, 2016 in New York, New York.

The real estate mogul's path to the GOP presidential nomination is clear after his commanding victory in Indiana's primary on Tuesday also pushed Texas Senator Ted Cruz out of the race. "We're going to figure out what the Trump campaign needs and can't do by itself", Rollins told callers.

"The answer is simple: No", Tweeted Nebraska Sen.

But to this observer, anyway, it seems more likely that Trump was just "projecting an image", as his team reportedly suggested a couple of weeks ago to Republican leaders when speaking behind closed doors.

Just as Trump seized the GOP mantle, a new CNN poll emerged that highlighted the formidable challenge facing him.

Even before the IN results were finalized, some conservative leaders were planning a Wednesday meeting to assess the viability of launching a third party candidacy to compete with him IN the fall. Such Republicans worry about Trump's views on immigration and foreign policy, as well as his over-the-top persona. Aides to both Ryan and McConnell said the Republican leaders had not spoken with Trump since his IN victory. He added Clinton's slogan: "I'm with her". Ted Cruz out of the race, Trump was mum on naming people he's considering as his running mate. But some of the party's big names are still keeping Trump at arm's length. Surveys show he is the most disliked major party nominee in modern American history. But I really won't be asking for myself.

Mr Trump captured all 51 delegates in IN with 53.3 per cent votes.

A prominent Cruz donor, Mica Mosbacher, quickly signaled support for Trump and urged others to follow.

Currently, Trump has 1,012 bound delegates, plus an additional 43 unbound delegates who are free agents - though they have told ABC News they support Trump. "He did the unselfish thing to drop out".

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders eked out a victory over Clinton in IN, but the outcome will not slow the former secretary of state's march to the Democratic nomination. But the outcome will not slow the former secretary of state's march to the Democratic nomination.

Sander has 1,400 pledged delegates, compared with 2,202 for Clinton, with 2,383 needed to win. "Let me tell you: the miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, which was so great to me last week and OH and all over, they're going to start to work again, believe me". He's said he expects to win a portion of Sanders' support thanks to their shared positions on trade and outsourcing. Wehner is among the Republicans vowing to never vote for Trump, even if that means essentially handing Clinton the presidency.

Clinton, however, remains poised to win the Democratic nomination thanks to her almost insurmountable delegate lead.

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