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Donald Trump seems to be losing his grip on the GOP

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican Party is waning. Indeed, it’s dropping quickly enough that what was once unthinkable might be coming true: The former president could lose the 2024 GOP presidential primaries.

It has long been common wisdom that Trump owns the Republican Party lock, stock and barrel. He had the power to shame sitting legislators and even drive them out of office without a fight, as happened to former senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee. The continued visits of aspiring candidates to his Mar-a-Lago lair in Florida and the repeated invocations of his name in primary campaigns maintained his veneer of invulnerability.

But there are widening cracks underneath that facade. The crowds are getting smaller at Trump’s trademark rallies. Trump’s endorsed candidates are often losing contests to other Republicans. When they do prevail, they often win with less than 33 percent of the vote.

Most importantly, polls are showing GOP voters are moving on from the former president. An NBC News poll conducted in October 2020 showed that a majority of GOP voters said they supported........

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