GOP leaders are reportedly preparing a 100-day campaign to stop Donald Trump from securing the Republican nomination for president.
The GOP establishment that is against Trump getting the nomination has been plotting a battle that is set to begin leading up to the April 5 primary in Wisconsin, The New York Times reported.
In the event that Trump continues to gain steam, conservatives said they were prepared to find an independent candidate in the general election who would offer traditional conservative policies and views as an alternative to the current GOP front-runner.
Several well-known conservatives have been suggested as potential independent candidates, including former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and former Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Coburn recently said in an interview with the Times that Trump "needs to be stopped," but didn't express much enthusiasm regarding a potential independent campaign.
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Club for Growth is just one of the many conservative groups that has spent millions attacking Trump in ads, and its president, David McIntosh, told The New York Times that they recently met and assessed the possibility of derailing Trump's nomination.
"This is still a winnable race for a free-market conservative that’s not Donald Trump," he said. "It’s not a layup, but there’s a clear path to victory.”
Despite the Republican establishment's best efforts as of late, Trump has continued to dominate primaries and move further and further toward the GOP nomination for president. The billionaire businessman even recently won Florida, beating out Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — who suspended his campaign upon his defeat in his home state.
"Word is that, despite a record amount spent on negative and phony ads, I had a massive victory in Florida," Trump tweeted following his win, Business Insider reported. He secured Florida's 99 delegates, which gave him a strong boost toward the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.