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2016 Republican candidates: Where are they now?

In the zombie apocalypse, the dead rise to roam the earth. In the final days of the 2016 primary campaign, departed candidates are crawling from their political graves to haunt living candidates

BBC’s Anthony Zurcher plays an electoral version of ‘where are they now?’

 

Team Trump

Chris Christie

Few could have imagined that the New Jersey governor would back the iconoclast business mogul. “There he was on stage, explaining how Mr Trump was writing a new playbook for political campaigns. Then, in event after event, he stood stony-faced, unblinking behind his new top dog, as some wondered if he was the victim of an elaborate kidnapping/brainwashing plot,” continues Zurcher.

His endorsement represented the point at which it began to get through to some that Trump is legitimately moving towards winning the nomination.

Ben Carson

He used to criticize his former rival a lot, but happily endorsed Trump as soon as he dropped out from the race. The reason is an unspoken rule: an ex-candidate can reap some sort of benefit from offering their endorsement, whether it's help retiring campaign debt, a plum administration post or even a spot on the ticket as vice-president.

Considering that Mr Carson is hoping to get a place for himself in the Trump administration, his position is understandable.

 

Team Cruz

Jeb Bush

Bush is a great example to illustrate a veritable boarding house of unlikely pairings: he recently announced his support for Cruz, who campaigns against the "Washington cartel", making himself the last man standing between Trump and the Republican nomination.

Sure enough Trump did not fail to express his opinion: "Low energy Jeb Bush just endorsed a man he truly hates, Lyin' Ted Cruz," he wrote. "Honestly, I can't blame Jeb in that I drove him into oblivion!"

Lindsey Graham

He managed both to endorse Jeb Bush and bash Ted Cruz at the same time.

“In January he quipped that choosing between Mr Trump and Mr Cruz was like picking between being shot or being poisoned. Fast-forward two months, as Mr Trump continues to rack up delegates, and maybe poisoning isn't so bad after all.

"This is an odd moment, I'll be first to say," he said when asked why he was endorsing Mr Cruz and even hosting a fundraiser for him,” assumes Zurcher.

Carly Fiorina

She endorsed Cruz and has been fighting by his side as a good soldier. "Donald does not represent me, and he does not represent my party," she said, taking a shot at the man who has been steadily opening up a lead over Mr Cruz in the delegate count. "There is only one fearless fighter against the Washington cartel - Ted Cruz."

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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