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By Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press

Back Clinton or not? On brink of possible defeat, Sanders fans face big dilemma

SAN FRANCISCO — A soul-searching exercise awaits Democrats opposed to Hillary Clinton, who is on the cusp of securing their party’s presidential nomination Tuesday.

They’ll soon be asked to support her in the general-election showdown against Donald Trump if she concludes the last big batch of primaries with an insurmountable lead, as expected.

NATO becomes a U.S. election issue as differences emerge between Clinton, Trump

WASHINGTON — The old NATO alliance has become an election issue in the U.S., as the two presidential front-runners have adopted clashing rhetoric over the organization to which Canada has long contributed.

The Republican favourite’s nationalist-populist policy mix includes skepticism about whether the U.S. gets much out of the military organization ‚Äî and whether it’s now obsolete.

Trump fans defend their Donald from GOP brass

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The establishment of the Republican party is playing with fire by seeking to smother Donald Trump. Because the embers of rebellion are crackling in this Florida retirement community.

Trump-supporting seniors here are unfalteringly determined to cross the street in two weeks, enter the local polling station, and vote for the swirly-haired scourge of party elites.

Dirty politics in Dixie: South Carolinians say sleazy reputation’s now unfair

CHARLESTON, S.C. The American presidential race is now being fought in a state so renowned for below-the-belt, tire-iron-to-the-kneecap politics that its most famous political operative wound up writing a death-bed mea culpa.

Welcome to South Carolina.

“We play hardball,” says David Woodard, a campaign veteran who now teaches at Clemson University.