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GOP Senators say they’ll back presidential nominee, but avoid Trump

2016 Elections

GOP Senators say they’ll back presidential nominee, but avoid Trump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – There’s a dilemma facing GOP senators this year. Many say they’ll support whoever becomes the Republican presidential nominee. But none of them are rushing to embrace Donald Trump. When Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was more than 130 […]

GOP Senators say they’ll back presidential nominee, but avoid Trump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – There’s a dilemma facing GOP senators this year. Many say they’ll support whoever becomes the Republican presidential nominee. But none of them are rushing to embrace Donald Trump.

When Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was more than 130 miles away, announcing a Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement to a few dozen company employees and two news reporters.

Blunt says the timing was mere coincidence, and that he didn’t even know the GOP front-runner was in his home state.
Still, the dueling events may be symbolic of an intentional distance that divides Blunt and many of his colleagues from Trump.

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