Repub­li­cans Warm Up to Trump af­ter Big NY Win

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Hol­ly­wood, Fla: US Repub­li­can of­fi­cials be­gan meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, a day af­ter Don­ald Trump’s crush­ing vic­tory in a New York pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nat­ing con­test, and said he has been win­ning grow­ing ac­cep­tance within their ranks — but they want to see the bil­lion­aire do more to mend fences with the party es­tab­lish­ment.

Trump, the fron­trun­ner to be­come the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in Novem­ber’s elec­tion, was the fo­cus for the party’s spring meet­ing of 168 Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee (RNC) mem­bers in Hol­ly­wood, Florida. “There are a fair num­ber of RNC mem­bers who were dis­count­ing his chances of suc­cess when we met in Jan­uary and now see that he’s build­ing a sub­stan­tial lead and may in fact get to 1,237 be­fore we get to the con­ven­tion,” said Steve Duprey, an RNC mem­ber from New Hamp­shire. “The New York re­sults were such an over­whelm­ing win,” Duprey said. “It’s im­pres­sive. That’s what I’ve heard peo­ple talk­ing about.” RNC mem­bers said Trump could help im­prove the cli­mate by tak­ing steps to end the bad blood that has de­vel­oped be­tween him and the com­mit­tee’s lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing RNC chair­man Reince Priebus.

Trump has said that Cruz’s har­vest of del­e­gates in Colorado, where rankand-file Repub­li­cans did not vote or cau­cus, showed that the party’s nom­i­nat­ing­pro­ces­sis“rigged.”He­has­won­dered­whetherPriebus,whois­pop­u­lar with the RNC ranks, should con­tinue in his job if Trump is the nom­i­nee. “I think it’s time for that rhetoric to end,” said Jeff Ess­mann, chair­man of the Mon­tana Repub­li­can Party. Bob Kapel, the RNC mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Wash­ing­ton, noted that Trump had toned down his rhetoric in his New York vic­tory speech on Tues­day night, and said he would like to see that con­tinue. Kapel is a del­e­gate for for­mer can­di­date Marco Ru­bio and now backs Ohio Gov­er­nor John Ka­sich.

Nev­er­the­less, Kapel said of Trump and the Repub­li­cans: “We’re about win­ningth­eWhiteHouse.Ob­vi­ously, I have is­sues with him, but our nom­i­nee will be our nom­i­nee.”

South Carolina Repub­li­can Party chair­man Matt Moore said Trump’s re­cent hi ring of Rick Wi­ley, a Repub­li­can vet­eran who was for­mer pres­i­den­tial­can­di­dateS­cot­tWalker’s cam­paign man­ager, was a good sign.

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