While Donald Trump’s messaging resonates with a very hardcore part of his base, he’s an incredibly unpopular President among the general population. The most recent Gallup poll placed his approval rating at 38%. In November’s midterms, congressional Republicans were soundly defeated, losing 40 seats to Democrats.
The party has more moderate politicians like Nikki Haley and John Kasich who may challenge Trump for the nomination. In order to survive any challenges, Trump will have to win state primaries. South Carolina, a key early primary, may make this easier for Trump by canceling the process altogether.
Drew McKissack, Chairman of the South Carolina GOP, told the Washington Examiner, “We have complete autonomy and flexibility in either direction. Considering the fact that the entire party supports the president, we’ll end up doing what’s in the president’s best interest.”
What's Your Reaction?
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.