Opinion | Mitch McConnell Would Like Trump to Fade Away

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Good luck with that.
In 2018 when Trump was not on the ballot, 538 calculated that 15 out of a total of 17 candidates he endorsed won open-seat primary contests that often pit two conservatives against each other. Trump's win-loss ratio was better than 11 conservative and business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Club for Growth and the Koch network.

There is a recent precedent for the current Trump-McConnell conflict that I just mentioned, the Tea Party versus the Republican establishment in the elections of 2010 and 2012.

The results were a mixed bag. One group of Tea Party candidates won primaries but lost the general election in states as diverse as Delaware, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska and Indiana. Another group,…
Thomas B. Edsall
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