Big donors wary, but some ready to back Trump candidacy


WASHINGTON, DC: Republican mega-donor Frank VanderSloot backed a Donald Trump rival in the US presidential primaries, but despite strong reservations, he says he’s now ready to support the controversial tycoon as the “best bet” to defeat Hillary Clinton. Like VanderSloot, a billionaire Idaho businessman, many esatablishment Republicans have eaten crow over their predictions that Trump would never become the party standard bearer, but now back the brash political neophyte who has electrified the conservative voting base even while antagonizing many in the party. Others, however, are vowing to never support Trump and his insult-laden campaign, complicating his ability to raise the finances necessary to mount a winning 2016 bid. Trump mostly used his own money to prevail in his bruising primary battle against 16 rivals, but he has acknowledged he may need to raise $1 billion or more to compete in the general election.    AFP


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