Donald Trump Rebounds, Sanders Surprises Hillary Clinton

Trump said that if he wins the primaries in Florida and Ohio, he will be in a position to claim the nomination.

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US Presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo: Reuters)

Republican leaders opposed to Donald Trump becoming the party’s US presidential candidate warned, on Wednesday, that the billionaire businessman could become unstoppable if he wins two crucial nominating contests next week.

One of Trump’s fiercest critics in the Republican Party, US Senator Lindsey Graham, said that if the billionaire businessman extends his winning streak into crucial contests next week, the New Yorker’s path to the nomination was all but inevitable.

“I’m worried that if we lose Florida and Ohio, he may be unstoppable,” said Graham, a former Republican candidate who was among the party’s large field of early White House hopefuls.

Trump echoed that assessment in a CNN interview, saying that if he wins the primaries in those states, he will be in a position to claim the nomination.

“If I win those two, it’s over,” he said.

With victories in nominating contests, on Tuesday, in three out of four states, Trump maintained his lead over the three remaining challengers in the race to be the Republican candidate in the 8 Nov presidential election.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss to Bernie Sanders in the important Michigan primary laid bare growing voter anger over trade, raising warning flags for her ahead of a possible election showdown with Trump.

Earlier on Wednesday, the often-combative Trump struck a more conciliatory tone toward the Republican establishment that has fiercely resisted his advance – first by backing favorite candidates who failed to win votes, then by pouring money into campaigns against him.

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton respond to audience members at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on Wednesday, March 9 (Photo: AP)
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton respond to audience members at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on Wednesday, March 9 (Photo: AP)
If everyone came together, no one could beat the Republican Party. We would walk into Washington.
Trump told Fox News

Trump, 69, fended off a week of attacks from the party’s establishment and defied predictions that his campaign might be losing steam with primary wins on Tuesday in Michigan, the night’s biggest prize, as well as Mississippi and Hawaii. His closest challenger, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, won Idaho.

Trump’s convincing win in Michigan narrowed prospects for Republican anti-Trump forces to stop him before next Tuesday’s contests, which also include Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri.

Trump now has 458 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination, with Cruz second with 359 delegates, according to the Associated Press. Rival Marco Rubio trails with 151 delegates while John Kasich is far behind with 54.

Trump called 1,237 “an artificial number,” telling CNN that if he enters the Republican National Convention in July with more delegates than his rivals, he expects to get the nomination.

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