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Trump May Face Challenger on the Right

Former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh is expected to launch primary bid
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2019 11:29 AM CDT
In this 2011 file photo, Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. addresses a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
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(Newser) – Last week, former congressman Joe Walsh wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying President Trump should face a conservative challenger in the primary. Now, it appears, Walsh has found just the guy: himself. Both the Times and Politico report that Walsh, who calls Trump "absolutely unfit" for office, is poised to announce his candidacy as early as this weekend. Details and developments:

  • Who's Walsh? He served one term in the House after being elected in Illinois as a Tea Party conservative in 2010. Walsh, who now hosts a radio show, initially supported Trump but now is a vocal critic.
  • His chances: Pretty much non-existent, with a caveat. Walsh has "virtually no chance" of beating Trump, per the Times, and Politico agrees he has "little chance of posing a genuine threat." However, Walsh could expose Trump's weaknesses on the right, which could hurt the president in a general election.

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