Anguished Republicans wrestle with whether to support Trump

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold their hands to their chest as the national anthem is played at a campaign rally in ConcordRepublican lawmakers, operatives and donors grappled with whether to support Donald Trump, who effectively clinched his party’s nomination this week after the departure of his two remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. As Trump sought to rally the fractured party behind him, many prominent Republicans got behind the reality TV star and real estate developer, while some weighed their options. Bill Achtmeyer, the Boston-based founder of consulting firm Parthenon Group, was among those weighing a possible for vote for Clinton.   “If she is able to move to the center and think as creatively and thoughtfully as her husband did…boy, I would have a very hard time, based on what I know today, not voting for Hillary versus what Trump is espousing,” said Achtmeyer, who has donated $200,000 to Republicans over the last decade.

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