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This Ad Links Trump to SCOTUS Opening, Bashes Ayotte

Democratic ad seeks to gain ground with voters in the New Hampshire Senate race by magnifying GOP turmoil on the campaign trail and its position on an Obama Supreme Court nominee. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats love to criticize Republican senators about Donald Trump’s candidacy and the Supreme Court vacancy. Now, they’re combining the two issues into one TV ad.  

A Super PAC aligned with Senate Democrats is airing a new ad aimed at New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, linking her refusal to consider a new Supreme Court justice with the front-runner of the GOP presidential primary.  

Why Stopping Trump at Convention Is No Cure-All

Cruz’s unexpectedly strong victories in Maine and Kansas give some Republicans fresh hope that Trump will fail to win the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Michael Najvar is part of the Republican Party’s electoral bedrock: The 67-year-old Texan says he has voted for every GOP presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan. But that’s a streak that might end this fall, the Donald Trump supporter says, if rival campaigns and party bosses use a contested convention to block the New York billionaire from the presidential nomination.  

“If they used a brokered convention, they’d destroy the GOP,” says Navjar, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” red hat.  

Can the Senate GOP Hold Its Majority With Trump?

McCarthy, R-Calif., andRyan may not be able to escape the fall out from Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republican campaigns are now thinking in practical terms about what a Donald Trump-led ticket would mean for their own down-ballot efforts, increasingly certain that they’ll be running alongside him this fall. The early assessment? All is not lost, but they have ample reason for uncertainty — and fear.  

“It will be a complete and total disaster,” said Rob Jesmer, a former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “I’m not saying people cannot win with him at top of the ticket, but remember how challenging Todd Akin was? That would look like child’s play compared to what we’re about to deal with with Trump.” (Akin was the failed 2012 Missouri Senate Republican candidate of "legitimate rape" infamy.)  

Republican Incumbents Hope to Dodge Fallout From Presidential Primary

Shelby is facing a challenge from his right on March 1. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican Party establishment has campaigned aggressively ahead of Tuesday’s congressional primaries, optimistic that they can not only score a round of victories but also send a message to would-be conservative challengers that 2016 will be another year of electoral setbacks for them.  

The incumbent lawmakers and their allied groups would be absolutely confident of victory, too — if it weren’t for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and the turnout-busting GOP presidential primary.  

Sanford Says Cruz Endorsement Was More About Trump

Sanford, center left, escorts his guest Ben Carson to the House chamber for Pope Francis' speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Sanford said Monday his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary was more about opposing Donald Trump than supporting Cruz.  

Sanford endorsed  Cruz on Feb. 19, the day before the South Carolina primary. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., received endorsements from several prominent South Carolina Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who succeeded Sanford, and Sen. Tim Scott.  

Cornyn: GOP Incumbents to Separate From Trump

Trump is the GOP front-runner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, suggested Senate Republicans seeking reelection will likely distance themselves from their party's current front-runner, Donald Trump, if the business mogul becomes the nominee.  

Trump stoked new controversy over the weekend, when he declined in a CNN interview to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who endorsed the billionaire. Fellow presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continued to criticize Trump over the issue on Monday, ahead of the "Super Tuesday" primaries. Asked if there is some point that he would need to distance himself from Trump, Cornyn told reporters Monday evening, "If I'm running for re-election I think they'll — because it's the next race on the ballot, president, the Senate — you will find candidates who have to separate themselves from the party's nominee if somebody like him is the nominee."  

Could Trump, Cruz Victories Cause GOP Problems Down-Ballot?

Attendees cheer for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday as he gives his victory speech after winning the New Hampshire 2016 primary in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have demonstrated anew to conservatives how to take on — and defeat — the GOP establishment. If they’re not careful, Republicans might soon feel the consequences of their victories beyond the presidential race.  

The unprecedented early success of the Texas senator and billionaire businessman in Iowa and New Hampshire might spark a transformation in a year’s-worth of Republican House and Senate primaries, threatening to transform a sleepy slate of contests into ones that recall the pitched intra-party wars waged during the height of the tea party movement. The hope among conservative insurgents — and concern among the GOP powers-that-be — is Trump and Cruz serve as beacons to like-minded voters, donors and candidates, who can harness the energy and enthusiasm of the White House race into their down-ballot battles against incumbent GOP lawmakers.