First Draft: Arguments Get Personal Between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump in the spin room after the Republican presidential debate at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on March 10.Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

From his home at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump stirred up new controversy this week in the Republican presidential primary — and new alarm among party leaders that the front-runner for the nomination will drive away women from candidates running farther down the ballot in the fall.

All week, Mr. Trump has slowly escalated a war of words on Twitter against Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, his main competition in the Republican race, based on an ad by a “super PAC” started by people who want to stop the New York developer from getting the nomination. The spot featured an old nude photo shoot…

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