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Krauthammer: GOP Race Either Trump or Cruz, Probably Won’t Be Decided Before Convention Dems ‘Really Over’

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Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued the Democratic presidential primary is “really over” and the GOP race is “ither going to be a Trump or a Cruz. The likelihood is that there’s not going to be — it’s going to be decided before the convention, unless there is a deal made behind the scenes” and that Trump will “quite likely” get the most delegates going into the convention on the Fox News Channel on Tuesday.

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Krauthammer said, “On the Democratic side, it’s really over. There is really no way that is conceivable, that Hillary is going to lose this, in the normal way, by delegates. It’s either an act of God, or an act of the FBI head that would take it away from her. In the absence of those, it’s an interesting story. It’s going to have effects in the future. [Democratic candidate Senator Bernie] Sanders (I-VT) is going to leave a legacy. But it’s over as a matter of who’s going to be the nominee.”

He continued, “On the other side, it’s equally obvious. It’s either going to be a Trump or a Cruz. The likelihood is that there’s not going to be — it’s going to be decided before the convention, unless there is a deal made behind the scenes. Kasich, I think, survives as a possible kingmaker. Rubio retains his delegates. Possibly when the numbers they have, could be the decisive difference in deciding whether Trump or Cruz is the nominee. It will be one of those two. It’s inconceivable that it would be anybody else. So I think a lot has been clarified.”

Krauthammer added that if Trump got within 100 delegates of a majority, he would be given the nomination, but if it was larger than that, even if he had more delegates than Cruz, which he stated is “quite likely” there would be a “legitimate argument” that if Cruz could form a coalition to get enough delegates to win, it wouldn’t be stealing the nomination.

He continued that it was “possible” but unlikely Trump would get a majority of delegates, and Cruz could see a positive sign in Trump’s performance among late deciders.

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