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Poll Shows Clinton With Large Lead Over Trump
But survey also shows remaining challengers would do better than front-runners

The poll shows voters evenly divided in their opinion of Clinton but that's better than how Trump fares. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll shows Donald Trump starting the general election race trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in a head-to head matchup.

The CNN/ORC poll, conducted before Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race after a crushing defeat in Indiana on Tuesday, shows the presumptive GOP nominee trailing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by a 54-41 percent margin.

How Senate Republican Campaigns Will Handle Trump
It won't be easy, strategists concede

Many of the men and women running Republican Senate races are still uncertain about what to expect from the unpredictable Donald Trump.. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump is, for all intents and purposes, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And his ascent to the top of his part’s ticket carries big consequences for down-ballot Republicans.

Here is the compilation of three months of reporting about Senate Republicans preparing for a Trump nomination:

Felicia Marcus: Controlling the Spigot in California
She directs a crucial policy intersection in a state battling drought

Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board discusses some of the water efficiency measures being proposed during a drought briefing in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2015. Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered sweeping measures to save water as California deals with fourth year of a drought. At left is Kevin Hunting, chief deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Game.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Someone who likes to make enemies would be hard-pressed to find a more perfect job than running the agency that tells folks in parched California that they can’t water their lawns.

But Felicia Marcus, who has that job, says she doesn’t like to make enemies. She says she likes to listen.

RNC Chair Admits Trump is 'Presumptive GOP Nominee'
Priebus says GOP needs to unite and focus on defeating Clinton

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus referred to Donald Trump as the "presumptive GOP nominee" in a tweet Tuesday after Sen. Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign.

"We all need to unite and focus on defeating Hillary Clinton," Priebus tweeted.

Trump Calls Cruz 'One Hell of a Competitor'
GOP front-runner turns his attacks toward Hillary Clinton

While Donald Trump was congratulatory toward rival Ted Cruz, Cruz didn't congratulate Trump or say that he would support him. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump embraced his status as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on Tuesday by complimenting Sen. Ted Cruz after the Texas Republican dropped out of the race and focused his attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me or if he doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor," Trump said, adding, "He has got an amazing future."

A Tennessean Just Won an Indiana Congressional Seat
Trey Hollingsworth moved to the 9th District last fall

Trey Hollingsworth didn't live in Indiana a year ago.

But Tuesday night, he was well on his way to becoming the next representative from the 9th District.

Sanders Upsets Clinton in Indiana
Vermont senator still faces nearly insurmountable delegate deficit
Cruz Suspends Campaign After Indiana Loss
Says his path to the nomination has been 'foreclosed'

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, left, hugs his father, Rafael, and his wife, Heidi, after announcing the suspension of his presidential campaign Tuesday night following his loss in the Indiana primary to Donald Trump. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

After a devastating loss in Indiana Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz announced he is suspending his presidential campaign, further clearing the way for front-runner Donald Trump to clinch the Republican nomination.

[Related: Sanders Upsets Clinton in Indiana]

Is Hillary Clinton Launching Her General Election Campaign in Appalachia?
Tour through Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio looks beyond primaries

UNITED STATES - MAY 2: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes speaks with local steel workers and civic leaders during her campaign stop at Alma's Italian Cafe in Ashland, Ky., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Clinton pledged to help the area of Kentucky in the wake of job losses in the steel and coal industries. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Williamson, W.Va. — Deep in a difficult conversation with an unemployed West Virginia coal worker, Hillary Clinton said, "I'll be honest with you, a lot of people said just don't go to West Virginia … go to California, there are lot more votes there."

Yet the Democratic front-runner spent two full days this week moving from Kentucky to West Virginia to southern Ohio, a tour through a part of the country that has long since given up voting for Democrats.

How an Establishment Candidate Appealed to Trump Voters
Young defeated Stutzman in Tuesday's Indiana GOP primary

Young defeated Stutzman in the GOP Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump won big in Indiana Tuesday, but it wasn't a good night for another anti-establishment candidate in a down-ballot Senate race.

Two Hoosier congressmen sought the GOP nod for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dan Coats.

Welcome Back to the Senate, Ted Cruz!
A cautionary tale about the limits of ambition alone

Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ted Cruz loves to mock the "Washington cartel," but after his loss in Indiana, Cruz is going to end up back in his day job at Cartel HQ any day now. With California still to vote, Cruz can’t win the GOP nomination outright. Even the tragically named “Lose with Cruz” revolution is losing its steam.

But what will a welcome-back party look like for a man when he calls his boss a liar on the Senate floor and routinely maligns his co-workers as “mendacious” in his stump speeches? My guess is the LBJ room won’t be crowded for the party lunches the day Ted Cruz comes home.

Cruz Unloads on Trump Ahead of Indiana Primary
After remarks about Cruz's father, the Texas senator said what he really thinks

Cruz called Trump a 'pathological liar.' (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz has had enough of Donald Trump.

After an attack on his father, the Texas Republican did not mince words Tuesday, describing Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, as a "pathological liar," "amoral," a "serial philanderer" and a "narcissist."

The War On Trump Is Over
Some Trump critics now urge party to rally behind the seemingly inevitable nominee

(Anthony Freda)

They’ve called him a liar, a clown, and the possible death of the Republican Party.

But now, as Donald Trump notches another big victory in the GOP presidential primary, the Republicans who once steadfastly opposed his campaign are contemplating a different name for him: our nominee.

DCCC Steps Up Attack Over Hastert Donations
Republicans pressured to donate money received from former speaker

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has expressed his disapproval of former Speaker Dennis Haster's conduct but a spokesman said he had no plans to donate previous contributions from Hastert. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is the latest target of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack aimed at Republicans who have received money from disgraced former Speaker Dennis Hastert.

The DCCC is calling on Ryan to donate to charity the roughly $25,000 in campaign contributions he's received over the years from Hastert, who was sentenced last week to 15 months in federal prison for a hush money scheme he used to cover up years of child molestation.

Trump Cruises, Cruz Out
Trump heads toward nomination, Cruz suspends bid; Sanders Over Clinton in Indiana

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) greets his supporters as he arrives to speak in New York on May 3, 2016, following the primary in Indiana. Donald Trump crushed his Republican rivals in Indiana's primary Tuesday, bringing him to the brink of outright victory in the presidential nomination race and dashing the hopes of a movement bent on stopping him. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump, with his overwhelming victory in Indiana on Tuesday, put himself in prime position to clinch the Republican presidential nomination in coming weeks, and spelled the end of Ted Cruz's campaign.

"We are suspending our campaign -- but hear me now, we're not suspending our fight for liberty," Cruz told supporters. "Our movement will continue."