The GOP's Nightmare Is Coming True
Fractured party running out of time to stop Trump
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2016 4:20 AM CST
A scoreboard reads "2012" and "76" for the number of delegates the state of Georgia has as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.,...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – The Super Tuesday results delivered what more than one analyst is calling a nightmarish scenario for the Republican elite: big wins for Donald Trump, major disappointments for Marco Rubio, and enough Ted Cruz victories for him to credibly claim he's the only real alternative to Trump. A round-up of coverage:

  • The Washington Post looks at ways that the GOP could still stop Trump from having the nomination locked down by March 15. Some analysts believe the best way will be for all of Trump's rivals to stay in the race, while some are calling for the opposite strategy.
  • The New York Times speaks to Trump voters around the country and finds a "surprising depth and diversity of support" that rivals may find impossible to overcome.

  • Slate looks at the possibility of an "establishment coup" to install Marco Rubio, and at why this would be a terrible idea.
  • The Hill explains the reasons for Trump's rise, which "will be studied by political historians in the years to come."
  • National Review, having apparently soured on the whole modern primary process, is calling for a return to "smoke-filled rooms."
  • The split in the GOP just widened to a chasm, according to the New York Times, which looks at the party's current identity crisis and how it is great news for the Democrats.
  • Politico reports on how Republican candidates in close races—especially in the Southwest—fear they will be wiped out if Trump become the nominee.