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

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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