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The Hill: 5 Republicans Who Could Challenge Trump in 2020

The Hill: 5 Republicans Who Could Challenge Trump in 2020
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By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:04 PM

The five most likely Republicans to mount a primary challenge against President Donald Trump in 2020 were explored in an article in The Hill on Wednesday.

Although any challenger to Trump would face large obstacles since he remains popular among Republicans, even as he endures historically low approval numbers overall, the president would become much more vulnerable if the GOP suffered major losses in the midterm elections.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is one of those who could challenge Trump.

The senator, who is one of Trump's fiercest GOP critics, told ABC's "This Week" that although he currently has no plans to run for president, he did not rule anything out.

Flake told ABC that if the president "continues on the path that he's on, that that's going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else."

However, Flake's approval rating in Arizona is just 30 percent, and only 37 percent among the state's GOP voters

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse is another possible challenger to Trump. He has slammed the president for behaving "beneath the dignity of the office" and has criticized Trump for his failure to appreciate the First Amendment due to his constant attacks on the news media, according to the Hill.

Since some say Sasse is all talk but not action, a challenge to Trump could be the ultimate rebuttal.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is also a possible contender against Trump in 2020. Following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape during the campaign, Martinez said she could not support him.

But since he became president she has not been nearly as critical and also has praised him.

However, for anti-Trump Republicans, Martinez could be an appealing candidate, especially since as a Hispanic woman, she is symbolic of a more diverse GOP that many say is necessary for the party's success.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is "plotting his path" for another campaign, according to a New York magazine profile.

As the governor of a key battleground state and one whose approval ratings were still good this year, Kasich could have a good case to make, but it is unclear why a 2020 campaign would turn out any differently than last year, when his home state's primary was the only one he captured.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is another possibility of a challenge, and some say one from the right might have more of a chance of success.

Cruz is known for the intensity of his ambitions, and he could argue that Trump's abrasive personality and lack of political experience are ultimately self-defeating for the party, according to the Hill.

If Trump's standing were to be damaged by poor midterm results or by damning findings in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the likelihood of such a challenge from the right would increase.

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