Donald Trump supporter Robert Tally wears a button of Trump before the California Republican Party 2016 Convention in Burlingame, Calif., Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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WASHINGTON: Congressional Republicans are beginning to accept, and even embrace, an outcome that was once unthinkable: Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. In the wake of the businessman's commanding wins in five Eastern states this week, a growing number of lawmakers say that Trump is taking on an air of inevitability. For some lawmakers, supporting Trump is seen as their only hope of stopping the Democrats' likely candidate, Hillary Clinton, in November and ensuring a Democratic president doesn't fill Supreme Court vacancies. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a respected senior member of the Senate, previously endorsed Jeb Bush and then Sen. Marco Rubio and said he doesn't intend to endorse Trump.Some leading Republicans have forecast that a Trump candidacy could spell electoral disaster, help Democrats win back control of the Senate and even cost Republicans seats in the House. They point to Trump's disparaging comments about women and minorities that have contributed to high unfavorability ratings. Perhaps partly because of Cruz's unpopularity, it's getting easier to find leading lawmakers speaking publicly in favor of Trump.
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