Senior Republicans have held emergency discussions about launching a fund-raising campaign to thwart the party’s nomination front-runner Donald Trump.
Mr Trump, having won seven of the 11 states in yesterday’s “Super Tuesday”, has come under attack by party elders who believe the billionaire businessman will be destructive to the party ahead of the November elections.
Former presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Republicans may have to rally around Ted Cruz to prevent Mr Trump from winning the nomination.
Mitt Romney, a former Republican nominee, was highly critical of Mr Trump’s failure to immediately condemn the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and has said he will make a speech this week challenging the party frontrunner who he believes goes against Republican orthodoxy.
Some party members believe there is still time to defeat Mr Trump however Russ Schriefer, a senior adviser to Mr Romney’s 2012 campaign, believes it may have been left too long to stop the momentum garnered by the business mogul.
“What you are now seeing is this full court anti-Trump press, but it’s late,” Schriefer said.
The Republican traditionalists plan to form a super political action committee that will allow them to raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend those sums against Mr Trump in support of other candidates. – Josh Chahal