Senate GOP whip fears Trump could be 'albatross' for party
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The Senate's No. 2 Republican suggested Monday that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE winning the party's presidential nomination could spell trouble down the ticket in November. 
Cornyn's comments come as Republicans are defending 24 Senate seats in November and can only afford to lose a handful and retain control of the upper chamber. 
With Trump poised for a strong showing in most of the the 11 states holding their primary elections on Super Tuesday, congressional Republicans are increasingly coming to the grips with the fact that the brash businessman could be their nominee. 
Cornyn suggested on Monday that vulnerable blue-state Republicans — who have been wary of tying themselves too closely to Trump — could distance their campaigns from the presidential race. 
"It's always important for candidates, in my experience, to be in tune with your state and not necessarily what's happening in Washington," the Texas Republican added in the interview. 
While top Republicans have frequently sidestepped directly commenting on the presidential race, The New Times reported Saturday that Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Ky.) is advising vulnerable incumbents that they can break with Trump if he wins the nomination. 
“We’d like to have a nominee who can carry purple states because unless the nominee for president can carry purple states, he’s not going to get elected,” he said at the time.