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Donald Trump on the look-out for his Republican running mate

By Julie Pace

Donald Trump has signalled a new phase of his US Presidential campaign, searching for a running mate who could help him govern and reaching out to one-time competitors in an effort to heal the fractured Republican Party.

"I am confident I can unite much of the party," Mr Trump said as several prominent Republicans said they would prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton over the New York billionaire.

In a shot at his critics, Mr Trump said: "Those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we served two terms. Honestly, there are some people I really don't want."

His comments on several networks came a few hours after Mr Trump, once dismissed as a fringe contender, became all but certainly the leader of the Republicans into the autumn campaign against Mrs Clinton.

The former Secretary of State suffered a defeat in Indiana to her rival Bernie Sanders, but holds a definitive lead in Democratic delegates who will decide the party nomination.

The Republican competition changed dramatically with Mr Trump's Indiana victory and Ted Cruz's abrupt decision to quit the race. John Kasich also ended his bid for the White House, with Trump to become presumptive Republican nominee for US President.

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