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Can GOP survive Trump?

Many mainstream Republicans don’t endorse Donald Trump. This is not surprising as he is not a true Republican. Even though he has garnered the party nomination, he seems uninterested in any other races other than his own. Why should we be surprised that many don’t want to be associated with him.

As I write this, the race is close, although the electoral count favors Hillary. If Trump was to lose and the Republican brand suffers a third straight loss, what exactly is their future? The demographics do not look good. The traditional Republican base of older white men are dying out. Millennials tilt liberal. Most women vote Democratic.

I think these numbers are accurate, so I challenge you Republicans with whom I have respectful differences. What are you going to do? Your embrace of tea party activists does not seem to be particularly beneficial. Can you survive a Donald Trump candidacy? I do not envy you, I believe in a viable two-party system.

Jeffrey Bakken



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