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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dole Foes on Defensive in Primaries

NEW YORK -- Two leading opponents of Senator Bob Dole made pessimistic remarks about their prospects of stopping the frontrunner in the U.S. Republican presidential campaign on the eve of 10 key contests Tuesday.

Former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, after a series of disappointing fourth-place finishes, said Monday he would press on through Tuesday's contests but would quit the race if he can't beat Dole in next week's Florida primary.

And conservative media figure Pat Buchanan conceded while campaigning in Georgia on Monday that, if Dole keeps on winning, a "sense of inevitability will develop."

Republicans were awarding the biggest prize so far of the primary season, 259 delegates in 10 contests Tuesday. A rebounding Dole, told by supporters his nomination was looking more and more inevitable, said a sweep this week could clinch the nomination.

Eight states were holding primaries Tuesday, most of them in the Northeast: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Georgia and Colorado. And two states were holding caucuses, Washington and Minnesota.

Wealthy publisher Steve Forbes, who says he'll fight on to the party's August convention, sought support in New England but generally drew tepidcrowds.

The rejuvenated Dole leads in polls in all eight states holding primaries Tuesday.