U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the Kansas Republican Caucus in Wichita, Kansas

Trump, Cruz angling for one-on-one Republican race

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Trump and Cruz shake hands at the end of the debate sponsored by CNN for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates in HoustonBy John Whitesides FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) – The U.S. Republican front-runner, billionaire Donald Trump, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz were angling for a two-man race for the party’s presidential nomination on Sunday after evenly splitting four state nominating contests at the weekend. The wins for Trump, 69, and Cruz, 45, on Saturday were a setback for party leaders, who have largely opposed Trump and hinted they prefer Marco Rubio, 44, a U.S. senator from Florida who took third or fourth in Saturday’s four Republican contests. “I think it’s time that he dropped out of the race,” Trump said of Rubio late on Saturday.

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