Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee and headed toward the general election, senators and representatives across America have been forced to figure out if they support Trump or not.
Politico reported that Arizona Sen. John McCain, who ran for president in 2008, has stated that he will support Trump, but has expressed concerns privately that having Trump as the nominee will damage his chances for re-election.
Republicans in several key states have expressed similar concerns. Trump has angered many Democrats, and more than a few Republicans, so some vulnerable Republican senators in blue states worried that they will be voted out of office because of their association with Trump or because of low Republican voter turnout.
“If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” McCain said at an event last month, before Trump was the presumptive nominee.
“If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I’ve never seen in 30 years,” he added.
Trump has stated that he would win over the Hispanic community, but so far the poll numbers don’t show him doing that. The question is how he can overcome that, and how Hispanics’ general dislike for the Republican front-runner will effect their voting.
Republican senators in states like Arizona, Nevada and Florida — states with large Hispanic populations — are trying to decide how best to tackle the Trump issues. They can’t risk alienating Hispanic supporters, but at the same time if they don’t support Trump as the nominee, they risk alienating other members of their own party.
It’s a difficult situation that will make this year’s election even more interesting, and terrifying, to watch. All three branches of government are at stake this election year, and Republicans need to have a game plan going forward to prevent the Democrats from taking over.
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