Republican Party fractured as Trump set to take mantle

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Many Republicans still think it’s unlikely that Donald Trump will defeat Hillary Clinton in November and win the presidency. So, they are looking to salvage what they can on Election Day—the majority in both houses of Congress, they hope—and then look ahead to the next race for the White House in 2020. Next week, the Republican Party will head to Cleveland for a national convention at which Trump will be formally nominated to run against the Democratic former secretary of state. But instead of a giant pep rally extolling the party’s virtues and chances of victory, the event will more likely paper over the deep divides between the Republican establishment and Trump’s brand of in-your-face populism. Of course, the Republican Party bigwigs will try to minimize all signs of dissent and project the image of a unified movement ready to put an end to Democratic rule at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump may even succeed in throwing a spectacular, made-for-TV political bash. But the number of absentee Republicans—the Bush clan, Mitt Romney, John McCain and onetime candidate John Kasich, the governor of the state where the event is being held—will tell a different tale.

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