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Republicans

Ted Cruz

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming caucuses in his home state of Utah, intensifying his attack against front-runner Donald Trump.

“There is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism,” Romney wrote on his official Facebook page. “Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.”

Democrats

Hillary Clinton

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland has received a cool reception from some of the progressive voters Hillary Clinton is trying to win over in her fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

They say Garland’s views on key issues are unknown. They’d rather put a more liberal justice on the court.

Clinton says Garland has a “brilliant legal mind,” and she is urging Republicans to confirm him. But her campaign won’t say whether she would keep up the push for Garland if she’s elected. Clinton’s campaign says it’s unlikely there will still be a vacancy.

Bernie Sanders

Sanders spoke before an overflow crowd of thousands at a casino owned by the Navajo Nation outside the college town of Flagstaff. Dignitaries from the tribe told the crowd that Sanders was the first presidential candidate to visit their land, and the Vermont Senator took the unusual step of altering his stump speech to talk widely about Native American concerns.

“The Native American people have been lied to, they have been cheated, and negotiated treaties have been broken,” Sanders said to cheers. “We owe the Native American community so much.”

Native Americans comprise only 3 percent of Arizona’s population but they are a larger share of the state’s Democratic electorate.

From Detroit News wire services

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