Trump's march stirs growing sense of dread among Republicans

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump greets caucus goers as he visits a Nevada Republican caucus site at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NevadaBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans in Washington are coming to grips with what many of them not long ago considered an unimaginable reality: Donald Trump is likely to be their presidential nominee and standard-bearer. The prospect of Trump winning the Republican primary had been the stuff of Washington jokes, whispered hallway conversations and eye-rolls, even as he led in public opinion polls for months and dominated debate after debate. “It fills all of us with concern and dread,” said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has endorsed fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, considered the main hope of the Republican establishment to derail Trump’s march to the nomination.

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