Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP

Former President Donald Trump has managed the extraordinary feat of utterly transforming the GOP in his own image while simultaneously losing his personal grip on the party.

We saw hints of this last week in Pennsylvania’s senate and gubernatorial primaries, but it’s even clearer in this week’s Republican primaries in Georgia. GOP voters expect candidates to follow Trump’s example in taking the fight to Democrats, especially on cultural issues, and they tell pollsters they believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. But they aren’t consistently following Trump’s lead in deciding which candidates to support, especially when Trump’s endorsement seems to be motivated by revenge against officials for failing to overturn the results of the 2020 vote.

The voters want Republicans to be Trumpy — but they don’t seem overly influenced by the electoral preferences of the man himself.

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