In an op-ed published Sunday, the editorial board of the Washington Examiner called for GOP presidential candidates Tim Scott, Chris Christie, and Vivek Ramaswamy to drop out of the race.
Why them specifically? Because their candidacies for office allegedly increase former President Donald Trump’s chances of winning the GOP presidential primary — something that cannot happen, according to the board, because Trump is a loser.
“Since Trump became the party’s leader, Republicans have lost the House, the Senate, and the White House. Republicans have also lost control of more governors’ mansions and more state legislatures since Trump came to power. Electorally, Trump has been a continuous disaster for the Republican Party. If Republicans are tired of losing, and they should be, the solution is easy: Move on from Trump,” the board wrote.
But this can’t be accomplished if Trump wins the GOP presidential primary, which is why the board feels that the lowest-performing candidates should take a hike so as to give more room to the non-Trump candidates who are performing well.
“Since Trump became the party’s leader, Republicans have lost the House, the Senate, and the White House. Republicans have also lost control of more governors’ mansions and more state legislatures since Trump came to power”
— EJ Passeos (@ejpasseos) November 12, 2023
“Each candidate running against Trump understands what a disaster it would be if he were at the top of the ticket again in 2024. That is why they are in the race. And they also refuse to acknowledge that by staying in the race, they are helping Trump secure the nomination,” the board argued.
“His lead is strong in national polls, but the Republican presidential primary is decided state by state, and Trump is not above 50% support in either of the first two contests. The latest Des Moines Register poll had him at just 43% in Iowa, and the latest St. Anselm poll had him at 45% in New Hampshire,” they continued.
These numbers are relevant, the board argued, because if Trump were to lose in Iowa and New Hampshire, his standing in the race would “crumble.” And that’s why, according to the board, he’s focused his attacks on only the two lead candidates — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Whereas both candidates continue to fare well poll-wise, the board contended, the other three have been failing and flailing.
“In New Hampshire, where former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was once in double digits, he has dwindled to just 6%. And that is his best state. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), in his home state of South Carolina, trails Haley badly, 22%-6%. If Scott can’t win his own state, he has no chance of securing the nomination. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy is not competitive in any early state. Whatever he is doing, it is not winning him the support of Republican primary voters,” they wrote.
“If Christie, Scott, and Ramaswamy believe the party needs new leadership, as they claim, and that voters across the country deserve something better than a rematch between the 80-year-old incumbent and his 77-year-old predecessor, they should demonstrate it by dropping out of the primary immediately and let DeSantis and Haley finish the fight against Trump,” they concluded.
The problem with the op-ed is that the polls show Trump crushing President Joe Biden, meaning that he may not be such a loser after all.
One recent poll conducted by Bloomberg News and Morning Consult found him leading Biden in a number of key swing states where voters have rejected the current president’s #Bidenomics’ agenda.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) October 20, 2023
“Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, leads Biden 47% to 43% among voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The results across those seven states had a margin of error of 1 percentage point,” Bloomberg reported earlier this month.
That’s impressive. So is the fact that a notable 51 percent majority of these swing-state voters believe Trump’s economy was superior to Biden’s economy. A similar percentage, 49 to 35, would trust the former president more so than the current president moving forward. Specifically among independent voters, Trump commands an even higher 22-point lead on this issue.
Even the leftist media have admitted that Trump is crushing it.
“Based on two sets of polls from Bloomberg/Morning Consult and one each from the New York Times/Siena and from Emerson, it’s pretty clear Donald Trump has a lead over Joe Biden in the majority of key 2024 battleground states,” New York magazine reported on Friday.
“Separate polling also shows him moving into a small lead in the national popular vote (which he lost by 2.1 percent in 2016 and 4.5 percent in 2020),” the reporting continued.
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