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Dallas News: GOP Split Could Help Trump in 2020

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 11:39 AM

Republican infighting could lead to a three-way presidential race in 2020, which "could actually enhance" President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects, according to Dallas News.

"The way that the party's conservative majority has been resisting the concerns of more moderate senators and Republican governors raises the question whether this widening split could become a full-fledged rupture, leading to the first real three-way presidential race since Ross Perot's candidacy in 1992," columnist Carl P. Leubsdorf, former Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, wrote on Wednesday.

"And rather than hurting Trump's re-election prospects, a three-way race could actually enhance them."

Leubsdorf cites the three-way race between Presidents William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, which led to "the first Democratic president in 16 years.

"Just as Roosevelt hurt Taft, most third-party candidates have tended to damage the party from which they skimmed off most of their voters… However, the candidate who most benefits from that sort of situation in 2020 may be Trump. A three-way race might be the only way his inability to broaden his 40 percent base would prove an advantage that could win him a second term."

Some of the candidates Trump beat in the Republican primaries could resurface in 2020, particularly those from states that would be heavily impacted from cuts to Medicaid.

"Already, there are signs that the opposition to Trump that first surfaced in the 2016 Republican nominating race is persisting and widening. It's been evident in the repeated criticism of Trump's policies from Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose actions belie his repeated demurrals he plans a second White House run after finishing third in the GOP contest last time."

Leubsdorf adds, "It seems highly unlikely that someone like Kasich, whose term as governor ends in 2019, could wrest the Republican nomination from Trump. But it is easy to see a repetition of the 2016 defections from Trump morphing into some kind of an independent presidential effort, especially if Democrats go too far left in choosing their standard-bearer."

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