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Trump's Triumph Leaves Many Republicans at a Loss for Words

  • Many in Congress may keep their distance from presumed nominee
  • Senator Heller says he'll `vehemently oppose our nominee'
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Can Presumptive Nominee Donald Trump Unify His Party?

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On a day when Republicans in Congress would normally be rallying around their new presumptive presidential nominee, there was instead mostly silence or awkward tap-dancing around Donald Trump’s triumph.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine told a home-state radio station on Wednesday that she’s holding out her endorsement until she sees whether the bombastic real estate tycoon can behave like a president. An aide to one of the year’s most vulnerable Republicans, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, told a local news outlet the senator plans to support the nominee, only to later send a media statement insisting that doesn’t mean that she’s endorsing him.