But a small core of Never-Trump operatives is still plotting a contested convention.
The Stop-Trump fever that gripped the Republican establishment for months has broken.
The walls are closing in around a shrinking band of hard-core opponents of the New York billionaire, who is tightening his grip on the Republican presidential nomination with big wins in state after state, congressional endorsements, and the acknowledgment from pillars of the GOP elite that Donald Trump will be the party's standard-bearer.
There was grizzled RNC committeeman Ron Kaufman likening Trump to Reagan. There was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's half-hearted endorsement of Ted Cruz. There was former House Speaker John Boehner's confession that he and Trump are texting buddies and golfing partners. There's the slew of endorsements (and a prediction by Trump campaign officials that another wave is coming after Indiana votes next week). It's adding up to a slow but steady coalescing around the man once considered so vile to the GOP base that he'd rip the party to shreds.
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