Republican donor Sheldon Adelson says hasn't decided who to back in US election

ByREUTERS
December 18, 2015 07:49




MACAU - American Jewish billionaire and major Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson said on Friday he may wait until next February's primaries to decide who to back in the 2016 presidential election, describing the field of candidates as "all very good".

"Contrary to what people have been reading in the political publications, the Adelson family has not made up its mind as to who, if anybody, we are going to support," said the 82-year-old gambling tycoon.

Adelson, Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp was speaking at a news conference in Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, called to mark the formal opening of his new St Regis hotel in the former Portuguese colony.

"We may just wait until a number of the primaries are already established," said Adelson. The Republican primary season kicks off in Iowa on Feb. 1.

More than a dozen candidates are still seeking the Republican Party's nomination for the election. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Donald Trump leading the field with support of 35 percent of Republican voters, with Ben Carson second on 12 percent, followed by Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tied at 10 percent.

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