How Donald Trump could be helping, not hurting, the GOP

How Donald Trump could be helping, not hurting, the GOP
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One clear loser in Thursday’s debate: the Grand Old Party,” blared The Washington Post.


Does Donald Trump really represent an existential threat to the future of the GOP?

I don’t think so.

Republicans still control the U.S. Senate and are likely to keep their majority.

Look at a map of U.S. congressional districts: a sea of red and small islands of blue. There are more Republicans in the House than at any time since 1929.

Republicans control both chambers in 30 state legislatures.

There are 31 Republican governors, compared with 18 Democratic governors.

Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he has driven more voters to the polls this cycle than any other candidate. Turnout in the GOP primaries is approaching the numbers Barack Obama brought for Democrats in 2008.

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