The state of the Republican Party (meltdown) and its impact on down ballot races

Oct 11, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan And Party Leadership Address The Media After GOP Conference Meeting

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news briefing following the weekly Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol November 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Despite the RNC’s commitment to stay loyal to Donald Trump — even after his most recent scandal involving recordings of him discussing groping women without invitation — the Republican Party’s division over Trump is getting deeper.

Yesterday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told his Congressional colleagues that he won’t campaign for Trump.

Ryan said all his energy will go into trying to keep the GOP majority in the House.

Many in the Party are deeply worried that Trump’s “Access Hollywood” recording, and possible outtakes from “The Apprentice”, could doom his candidacy and badly hurt GOP Congressional prospects. The latest polls show Trump’s national support dropping below 40-percent. What could that mean for Republicans and Democrats battling for Congressional seats? How likely is a major power shift in the Senate and the House?


Lisa Mascaro, LA Times reporter covering Congress and the 2016 election; she tweets @lisamascaro

Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and elections editor for Roll Call; he tweets @nathanlgonzales

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