Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks as rival candidate Cruz looks on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit

Trump or Cruz? Republicans face tough choices as primary race churns forward

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks as rival candidate Cruz looks on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in DetroitBy Ginger Gibson and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump from capturing the party’s presidential nomination are wrestling with whether to unite behind Ted Cruz, a polarizing figure popular with the conservative Tea Party movement. Cruz, 45, a U.S. senator from Texas, won nominating contests in Kansas and Maine on Saturday, bolstering his argument that he is the leading alternative to Trump, 69, the blunt-spoken billionaire businessman. Mainstream Republicans are unhappy with Trump’s calls to build a wall on the border with Mexico, deport 11 million illegal immigrants and temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States.

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