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Heading into tonight’s debate, the Republican Party is very uneasy. Even before Friday, things were not going well in Trump land — a poor debate performance, his taxes, his connections to Russia, his record of disgraceful behavior towards women, minorities, and the disabled. Then came Friday’s latest revelation that Trump is an even bigger cad than we thought. As Donald Trump continues to implode, the question is what options exist for the Republican establishment to salvage the election. The problem for the Republican establishment comes in two forms — the political and the legal.
The political problem is the fourteen million people who voted for Trump in the primary (and some additional like-minded people who did not vote in the primary). While some of these voters might now think that Trump has finally stepped over the line, many of them still support Trump or would be upset if the Republican leadership tried some form of coup to replace Trump. If eight or nine million Trump supporters declined to support the rest of the Republican ticket (about 5% of the vote nationally), that could make a difference in several races. On the other hand, Trump — like Todd Akin in 2012 — could become a lead weight pulling down the rest of the party. From the point of view of the Republican establishment, the best strategy may be quietly shifting resources to states with key Senate, House, and Governor’s races (particularly as Trump lacks a coherent strategy to begin with) and pretending that Trump does not exist.