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Will Any Republicans Challenge Trump in the Primaries?: 4 Quotes

1. Yes — “Republican pros have, in recent weeks, quietly settled on new conventional wisdom: If Donald Trump is not impeached first, he is likely to face a primary challenge — of some sort — in 2020. The matter was regarded as an open question for most of 2018, but a new emergent consensus among the party’s consultants and strategists has taken root after Paul Manafort’s conviction and Michael Cohen’s implication of the president in federal court.”
-Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine.

2. No — “There are key factors that point to Trump running unopposed in the 2020 primaries, with the most notable being that he has considerable support from Republican voters. According to Gallup’s most recent poll, Trump has an approval rating of 91 percent amongst Republicans.”
-Bobby Ilich, International Business Times.

3. Yes — “Jeff Flake said Friday that a Republican needs to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020. And it might be him. Flake gave at least some credence to the widespread speculation that he might mount a quixotic primary campaign against Trump, given the retiring senator’s public fretting about the state of the party … ‘I’ve not ruled it out. I’ve not ruled it in. Just, somebody needs to run on the Republican side,’ Flake said.”
-Burgess Everett, Politico.

4. No — “President Trump’s re-election bid appears to be in good shape, with more than 6-in-10 Republicans urging potential competitors like Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake or Ohio Gov. John Kasich to stay away.”
-Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner.

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