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On Saturday afternoon, devoted Republicans from across the state will gather in Burlington. And while the purpose of the meeting is to select Vermont’s delegates to the Republican National Convention later this summer, party officials will also look to do some bridge building between the Republican voters who support Donald Trump, and the GOP candidates who do not.

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In the two-person battle for the Republican nomination for governor, GOP lawmakers are closing ranks behind Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. 

How many times must it be over before it's really over?

This time, the endless 2016 presidential primary looks truly over, so long as you're a Republican.

The Republican Party will not name its nominee until July in Cleveland, but the last suspense went out of the contest Tuesday night in Indiana with Donald J. Trump's latest romp over his last serious competitor.

The Indiana voters shook up the presidential race Tuesday night, with Ted Cruz ending his campaign after a disappointing loss to now-likely GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders also bounced back after a string of primary losses with a surprise win over Hillary Clinton. But the Democrat's 5-point win still won't be enough to close the yawning gap between the two.

Cruz exit clears the way for likely Trump nomination

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If you ask Donald Trump, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over. After a sweep of five states in the most recent primary contests Tuesday, Trump proclaimed himself the presumptive GOP nominee, even if his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich and their supporters would disagree.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took definitive steps toward solidifying their respective party's presidential nomination on Tuesday, making their rivals' task to beat them nearly insurmountable.

Trump won all five of the delegate-rich GOP primaries in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island. Clinton notched four victories in Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, while Bernie Sanders won the Rhode Island Democratic primary.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched important wins in their respective presidential primaries in their home state of New York on Tuesday night, helping both in their efforts to clinch their party's White House nomination.

In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul sealed a massive victory over his two remaining rivals, sweeping at least 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs.

The Associated Press reports:

Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.

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Will Vermont's two Republican gubernatorial hopefuls support Donald Trump if he wins their party's presidential nomination?

One candidate says there's no way he'll ever support Trump, and the other says it's too early in the political process to answer the question.

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Former Republican Gov. Jim Douglas is joining efforts to block GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from winning the party's nomination. Douglas says Trump's candidacy is not in the best interests of the Republican Party or the country.

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This chaotic political year is marked by deep disagreements and resentment, both within and across party lines. But regardless of one’s political stance, many people seem to agree on one thing: The media is failing in its coverage of the 2016 election.

The results from Tuesday's four primary and caucus states are in: three wins for Trump, one each for Clinton and Cruz, and one surprising, narrow victory for Sanders.

Bernie Sanders' tight win over Hillary Clinton in Michigan is the biggest news out of Tuesday night's presidential nomination races. Though Clinton had led consistently in recent polls, Sanders won by less than 2 percentage points with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

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Billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump scored a win in Vermont's Republican presidential primary on Tuesday night, beating out Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the state's handful of GOP delegates.

On the eve of the presidential primary in Vermont, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott issued some harsh words for the Republican candidate who, according to a recent VPR poll, seems to be holding the most sway with GOP voters here.

Scott didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but his statement clearly was directed at the New York real estate mogul leading the Republican field.

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A super PAC created by a white supremacist group in southern California inundated Vermont households Wednesday evening with robocalls urging people to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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According to a new VPR Poll, an overwhelming number of Vermonters say they plan to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the state's Democratic presidential primary on Town Meeting Day. The poll also shows that Republican Donald Trump holds a two-to-one margin over several of his competitors in the GOP primary.

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Vermonters will play their part in the presidential primary contest on Town Meeting Day March 1, and for many voters, impressions of candidates' personal integrity and experience are an important factor.

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It's been a full week in Vermont politics.  We've seen a lot in just a few days: from the legislative kickoff and Governor Shumlin's State of the State address, to the suspension of Senator McAllister and Donald Trump coming to Burlington. We're talking about this week's events and implications with a lineup of top political reporters.

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On Thursday night, one of the most conservative candidates in the Republican presidential primary visited one of the most liberal states in the country.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in Burlington at 7 p.m. this evening, and VPR has reporters both inside and outside the Flynn Center to bring you coverage of the supporters, the protestors and Trump himself. 

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