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dateline: 04 May 2016

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Donald Trump’s Rivals Drop Out of Race

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • rival: main competitor
  • front-runner: the person who is most likely to win
  • drop out: to stop taking part in something
  • devastating: causing much sadness
  • GOP: Grand Old Party, another name for the Republican party in the US
  • front-runner: the person who is most likely to win
  • presumptive nominee: the person who is assured to win (based on numbers)
  • running mate: the person who runs a campaign with another person (e.g., for the chance to be Vice President)

Donald Trump’s Rivals Drop Out of Race

The “Never Trump” , a GOP effort the front-runner from winning the Republican for the presidency has failed. After a devastating at the Indiana primary last night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Donald Trump’s main rival, dropped out of the race. This morning, Ohio Governor John Kasich also quit the race, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee. Some Republicans have said that they will not support Mr. Trump no matter who he as his running mate.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the “Never Trump” campaign?
  2. How did Donald Trump become the presumptive nominee?
  3. Why did Ted Cruz drop out of the US presidential race?

Discussion Questions: Do you think anti-Trump Republicans will support the nominee when it comes time for the election? If not, will they refuse to vote, or will they vote for the Democratic nominee?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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