WASHINGTON — The advent of Donald Trump as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination is forcing banks to take a harder look at the New York businessman and what he might mean for the industry if he wins the White House.

In a typical election year, most bankers support the Republican candidate. That was likely to be particularly true this year, given the industry's continuing anger over the Dodd-Frank Act and the desire for regulatory relief. But this is far from the typical election — and Trump is nothing like the typical nominee.

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