Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Digest for Fri. 160520

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Digest for Fri. 160520

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Cruz supporters keep the faith

Many supporters of Ted Cruz, the conservative senator and Republican presidential candidate from Texas, continue to push his candidacy weeks after Cruz suspended his campaign.

Vanessa Amundson of Vancouver, Wash., worked a booth Thursday promoting the former presidential candidate at the Washington State Republican Party convention. She said the time for the party to come together behind one candidate was after the national convention in Cleveland in July.

The Washington GOP convention moved into full swing on Thursday and concludes on Saturday. More than 2,000 Republicans from across the state are expected to attend. The convention will pick Washington's delegates to the national GOP convention, but those delegates will not know whom they are supporting until after the results of the Washington primary election on Tuesday. On the Washington ballot, Republicans can choose among Donald Trump and his former challengers Cruz, John Kasich or Ben Carson, who remain on the ballot.

Trump will woo Hispanics in New Mexico * Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has scheduled his first campaign appearance in New Mexico the state with the highest percentage of Hispanics in the nation and where its GOP Latina governor has previously denounced him.

His campaign website announced Thursday that Trump would hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center as New Mexico prepares for its primary two weeks later on June 7.

Clinton targets key battleground states * Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, seeking a governing coalition if she wins the White House, is pumping millions of dollars into key battleground states at the heart of her presidential map and Democrats' quest to regain control of the Senate.

The Democratic National Committee and state parties are spending about $2 million initially to build coordinated campaigns in eight battleground states with competitive Senate races. The money is being raised by Clinton's campaign through her Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that allows Clinton to raise large checks of more than $350,000 from wealthy donors. …

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