Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks about the results of Super Tuesday primary and caucus voting as former rival Christie and his son Eric look on during a news conference in Palm Beach

How the Republican elite turned a blind eye to the rise and rise of Donald Trump

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks about the results of Super Tuesday primary and caucus voting as former rival Christie and his son Eric look on during a news conference in Palm BeachBy Emily Flitter and Luciana Lopez WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One evening last June, some of the Republican Party’s wealthiest donors gathered for a cocktail party at an exclusive resort in Deer Valley, Utah, during a three-day retreat hosted by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.     They had just heard from six presidential hopefuls. Tom Duncan, the CEO of tool-maker Positec Tool Corp, chatted with a few attendees about a fantasy ticket to secure the White House in November 2016: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida as his running mate. Duncan, for his part, liked Ohio Governor John Kasich, but also had his eye on former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

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