The Hill: GOP Nears Breaking Point–About to Get Uglier

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The GOP debate is going to get even more fractious, according to The Hill.

The presidential primary has been a wrenching experience for the GOP so far — and it’s about to get even worse.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have all backed away from their pledge to support the party’s eventual nominee, foreshadowing a fight at the convention and beyond that could cleave the GOP into warring factions.

“This race is kind of at its boiling point,” said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist and contributor to The Hill. “As ugly as it is now, the two losing candidates at the convention are going to feel even worse.”

Instead of helping to unify the GOP behind a candidate, as the primary process typically does, the race has instead created deep wounds between the candidates that are unlikely to heal.

The antagonism has been heightened by a particularly vicious stretch of campaigning involving allegations of adultery and pictures of the candidates’ wives.

“I believe that we’re beyond the point in the campaign where we feel we can unify. There’s been too much bad blood that’s been created,” said GOP strategist David Payne, who said he would like to see Cruz win the nomination before the convention…

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