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Trump, Congress, and the Direction of the GOP – February 1, 2021

If the Republican Party is to declare its independence from Donald Trump any time soon, it will likely be GOP members of the U.S. Senate that lead the way. Trump left the White House in January 2021 with a strong hold on the party. His final presidential approval rating in the Gallup Poll was just 34 percent overall, but 82 percent among Republicans. He still appears to have the power to force the allegiance of many Republican officeholders by throwing his weight for or against them in the party primaries. In this Election Report, elections expert Rhodes Cook explores Trump’s hold on the Republican Party and its impact on members of Congress and their reelection chances.