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While the Democratic primary gets well underway, Republicans could also be seeing a presidential primary shape up for themselves.
Former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) became the latest high-profile figure this week to announce he is considering a run against President Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination joining two other potential candidates preparing to throw their names into the ring and one former governor who has already declared his candidacy.
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Former Massachusetts moderate Republican governor and 2016 Libertarian candidate for vice president Bill Weld became the first Republican challenger to the president with an announcement in April. Maryland’s moderate Republican Governor Larry Hogan ruled out a presidential bid in June.
Most Republican voters do not want to see a primary challenge against their president. A Hill-HarrisX poll conducted in June revealed that only 44 percent of Republicans surveyed wanted to see a primary challenger run against Trump. While that’s not a majority, that number is 12 points higher than how many Democrats wanted to see a primary challenger emerge against President Barack Obama in 2011 according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
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George Washington University professor Danny Hayes is skeptical of a successful primary challenge against Trump but said a compelling candidate’s entrance into the race could impact the 2020 election in some interesting ways.
One way Hayes said would be by forcing Trump to spend time and money on campaign efforts that could make the president look weak. Another way Hayes said would be if a candidate developed a strong foothold in a state motivating the candidate to launch an independent bid in the general election that could take away needed votes in the Electoral College.
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Hayes emphasized however that each scenario was unlikely and that he remains unconvinced that the current candidates in speculation right now could bring down...
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