Republicans, Sen. Johnson back Trump for president

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The past couple days have turned the Republican primary race on its head.

Donald Trump is the likely Republican presidential nominee as his two chief rivals have dropped out of the race.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is suspending his campaign the day after Ted Cruz quit in Indiana but whether or not party members will rally around the outspoken candidate, WEAU’s political analyst John Frank says, remains to be seen.

“There's going to be a lot of soul searching among the Republican Party right now,” said Frank. “People who've been on the far right end of the Republican Party who have not supported him, who have been part of the never Trump movement have a big decision to make.”

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced his decision in Eau Claire, Wednesday.

“I'm going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee and obviously that looks like it will be Donald Trump,” said Johnson.

The senator says the party needs to unite to defeat Hillary Clinton.

He added, “Let's face it she has more baggage than an airport claim area.”

Brian Westrate, who is Chairman of the Republican Party in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, says Trump’s efforts will now be supported by the Republican Party.

“We are 100 percent on the Trump train and it really becomes now about making that differentiation between the conservative ideology that Mr. Trump represents and the liberal ideology that Hillary Clinton represents,” said Westrate.

However, Frank says Trump still has a long road ahead before taking over the White House.

Frank said, “It was an uphill battle to get this far and it's going to be an uphill battle further on.”

While Bernie Sanders did win in Indiana, Clinton is on track for the Democratic nomination.

Frank does say Trump's unfavorable ratings are high which is an obstacle he’ll have to overcome.

He also says the latest polls show Clinton winning over Trump in the general election.

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