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PoliticsTrump seeks to avoid primary challenge and repeat of history

01:00  27 august  2019
01:00  27 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mark Sanford may primary Donald Trump in 2020

Mark Sanford may primary Donald Trump in 2020 Mark Sanford isn't a fan of President Donald Trump for 2020. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.The former South Carolina representative is mulling a long-shot bid against Trump for the Republican primary and he told NBC on "Meet the Press" Sunday that the President doesn't deserve to be reelected because Trump is taking the country in the "wrong direction." Sanford said there needs to be a "course correction." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Trump 's campaign plans to seek loyalty pledges from the GOP hoping to avoid a Republican challenge , per AP, and Politico reports that Trump 's allies are trying to get the New Hampshire GOP to break from its usual tradition of remaining neutral in the state's primary . This would be so the

That makes any primary challenge at this point seem like a very long shot, but a handful of figures in the party are seen as possible opponents. "Donald Trump will have no problem whatsoever winning a Republican primary — the base loves him anyone who tries to challenge him will be defeated

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Never Trump" Republicans are eager to see the president confront a credible primary adversary. But the party will likely erect structural barriers that make that kind of challenge exceedingly difficult.

Trump seeks to avoid primary challenge and repeat of history© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, says he'll challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. The tea party favorite argues that Trump is unfit for the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

And for good reason: Every incumbent president for four-plus decades who has faced a serious primary opponent was weakened enough to ultimately lose reelection.

Joe Walsh becomes second Republican to challenge Trump for White House

Joe Walsh becomes second Republican to challenge Trump for White House Joe Walsh, a conservative former U.S. congressman turned talk show host, on Sunday became the second Republican to challenge President Donald Trump for the party's 2020 White House nomination. © Peter Hoffman for The New York Times Joe Walsh, a Tea Party conservative who served one term in the House, went from staunch Trump supporter to acerbic critic. Walsh, 57, announced his long-shot bid to unseat Trump, who has strong support among Republicans, after sharply criticizing the Republican president as a liar and a bully who is unfit for office. "I'm running because he's unfit," Walsh told ABC's "This Week" program.

Primary challenges to presidents are rare and usually unsuccessful, but they do have the potential to weaken the incumbent ahead of a "Thanks to the President, the Republican Party and the Trump campaign will have the biggest, most efficient, and unified campaign operation in American history ."

President Donald Trump continues to look in prime position to win his party's nomination for president in 2020. While Republicans such as John Kasich may run, a look at the numbers reveals they have a tough road ahead of them.

Joe Walsh, a former tea-party-backed, one-term congressman from Illinois, on Sunday joined Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, on the lonely road to try to unseat President Donald Trump.

Other Republicans may join them. Mark Sanford, former governor and Republican congressman from South Carolina, has flirted with a 2020 presidential bid, and Republican ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to visit New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first presidential primary, in September.

So far, none of them seems to pose a serious threat. The president's supporters note that the ranks of outspoken "Never Trumpers" have dwindled substantially since Trump stormed a deep, 2016 presidential primary field of establishment Republicans and then toppled Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the White House.

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces GOP primary challenge against Trump

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces GOP primary challenge against Trump Conservative firebrand former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh announced Sunday in an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

The Republican National Committee won't alter its rules to avoid a primary challenge to President Donald Trump 's reelection campaign in 2020.

Presumably because this talk of a primary challenge to Trump won’t die, some of his loyal subalterns are discussing ways to make that impossible. At least Williams offered a rationale, albeit a flawed one, for this proposal to disenfranchise his party’s primary voters: “Look, the political history is clear.

Unlike some other incumbents who drew primary challengers, Trump now has the overwhelming support of his party's voters. Other incumbents — in both parties — "saw their base support erode a bit before reelection efforts," said Keith Appell, a Washington-based Republican strategist. "If anything, this president's support has grown within his party."

Weld has held out the prospect that a multicandidate Republican field might prompt primary campaign debates. But Republican National Committee members have done away with their standing debate committee ahead of next year's election, and scheduling debates could prove difficult since primary voting begins in about five months.

The RNC has also approved a nonbinding resolution declaring its "undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective presidency."

Sitting presidents always exert control over the national party to try to quash would-be rivals, but GOP observers say Trump's reelection campaign already has heavily brought its influence to bear. It has had time to do so ahead of 2020, meanwhile, unlike in 2016, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz used his Republican National Convention floor speech to anger Trump by refusing to endorse him after a second-place primary finish.

Joe Walsh says he is challenging Trump 'to make the moral case against him'

Joe Walsh says he is challenging Trump 'to make the moral case against him' Former Illinois US Rep. Joe Walsh, who recently announced he will challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, said Monday he's running against the President "to make the moral case against him." "Look, I have been waiting every single day this year for somebody to step up, a Republican to step up, to make the moral case against him. That he is unfit," Walsh told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "Come on -- somebody should challenge him.

Why Republicans Fear Challenging Trump in 2020. Why don’t incumbent presidents draw serious primary challengers anymore? I suspect the answer has to do with two related trends: the increased ideological uniformity of the parties and the rise of negative partisanship.

A member of the Republican National Committee, fearing primary challengers to President Trump in the Williams' proposal to thwart challenges to the incumbent president comes as some states also look to Look, the political history is clear. No Republican president opposed for re-nomination has

Robin Armstrong, a Republican National Committee member from Texas, said the party won't tip the scales in anyone's favor, especially after seeing how 2016 played out.

"Frankly, many Republicans were concerned about President Trump. And so it took a lot of discipline for the party to say, 'Listen, we're going to listen to our voters,' and that's ultimately what we did," Armstrong said. "Trying to have too much control over the process, usually it doesn't work out in your favor. So just trust your voters. I don't agree with all of our voters, but we still have to trust them."

Some states may yet move to guard against Trump Republican challengers unlikely catching fire during the 2020 primary.

As Sanford considers running, South Carolina's Republican Party has left open the possibility of canceling its primary as soon as next month. The party did so in 1984 to help Ronald Reagan and in 2004 to help George W. Bush. Democrats did the same for Bill Clinton in 1996 and Barack Obama in 2012.

In September, Nevada's Republican Party will consider bypassing its 2020 presidential nominating caucuses and instead have governing members endorse Trump, preempting all primary challenges. Nevada goes fourth in primary voting, after Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — and that possibility drew an angry statement from Weld, who said, "Donald Trump is doing his best to make the Republican Party his own personal club."

Joe Walsh says he lost his national radio show

Joe Walsh says he lost his national radio show Former Rep. Joe Walsh said Monday evening he has lost his national talk radio show. "I just got a notice before I came in the studio. I'm running for president. I oppose this president. Most of my listeners support the president. It's not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this president," Walsh told "Anderson Cooper 360" guest host John Berman. "And I knew that, John, when I made the announcement yesterday, that it could be in jeopardy," he added. Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh says his Republican challenge against Pres. Trump is "not about the issues. It's about Trump.

While any primary challenge would almost certainly be unsuccessful, Trump aides are looking to prevent a repeat of the convention discord that highlighted the electoral Kaufman said that technically, he and the rest of the state GOP would be neutral should Trump face a primary challenge .

While any primary challenge would almost certainly be unsuccessful, Trump aides are looking to prevent a repeat of the convention discord that Primary challenges against incumbent presidents have never been successful in the modern era. And Trump ’s poll numbers among Republican voters

Not brooking even possible party division may pay off. History shows that facing any primary challenger able to gain some national traction can be harmful to a sitting president.

In 1968, Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota nearly upset Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire primary. Weeks later, Johnson stunned the nation by announcing he wouldn't seek another term.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford survived Reagan's challenge from the right but lost to former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter. Four years later, it was Carter who had a strong opponent in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Carter ended up losing to Reagan. In 1992, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan shocked President George H.W. Bush with a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary. A bitter primary battle ensued, and Bush lost to Clinton.

The exception is President Richard Nixon, who swatted away two rather marginal challengers in the 1972 Republican primaries and was reelected in a landslide. Of course, he resigned the presidency less than two years later.

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