The Republican Party will "soon" rally around front-runner Donald Trump and rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich "probably should" drop out of the race for the nomination, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.
"I think it is going to happen soon," Sessions, 69, the four-term GOP senator and Trump adviser, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN
. "You can feel it already.
"People on the street and also in Washington and halls of Congress."
He said that he believed Capitol Hill mainstream Republicans "feel like they can work with Donald Trump.
"They know he is resonating with the American people — raising issues the people care about, and they're flocking to him with enthusiasm.
"He has more enthusiasm than anybody else," Sessions added. "He has votes, enthusiasm, delegates. I think he is moving very well."
The GOP senator's interview came a day after Trump swept primaries in five Northeastern states. Kasich finished second in the contests, while Cruz took a drubbing in all of them.
Sessions told Blitzer that he "certainly" thinks Trump will become the eventual nominee — and praised Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, whom he called "a good leader."
Priebus has been under attack by Trump over the convention-delegate system.
"He knows we need to unite," Sessions said. "The Trump campaign was worried about things that were happening, firing shots across the bow.
"I am hopeful those are being settled now, we will move forward to the party being united and bringing forth members of Congress and other leaders, bringing them on board in a unity effort.
"Donald Trump can win this election. He can defeat Hillary Clinton. He has good policies for America."
Sessions said that Cruz and Kasich "probably should" quit the race. "I don't see where they're going from here," he told Blitzer. "They have a right to continue."
The Alabama senator called Cruz's announcement of Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he wins the nomination "an unusual step."
"Definitely had a media day for it, but Trump finished carrying five states, every county of five states, states that normally Republicans don't do well in," he told Blitzer. "It would be a great asset to nominate somebody that can compete aggressively in the Northeast."
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