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Republicans won the House in 2010 mid-term election, retaining the House in 2012 and claiming the Senate in the 2014 mid-terms. The Republicans continued their climb back to power in 2016 by retaining the House and Senate and adding the Presidency as Donald Trump won a resounding electoral college victory claiming 30 states. Though he lost the popular vote, President Trump moves into 2017 with a populist victory, a conservative agenda and control of the Congress to roll back President Obama's liberal policies.

Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge

2/16/19
from The Hill,
2/15/19:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) on Friday announced he was launching an exploratory committee for a potential 2020 White House bid, becoming the first Republican to take a significant step to challenge President Trump. Weld is looking to appeal to “never-Trump” Republicans and independents who are eager to push Trump out of the White House but do not see a Democrat as an acceptable alternative.

During a campaign announcement Friday in New Hampshire, Weld outlined a number of policy differences between himself and the Trump administration while taking aim at Democrats whom he argued had abandoned the principles of fiscal responsibility. He also took aim at Trump personally, arguing that he was unfit for the presidency. "[O]ur President is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office — which include the specific duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed — in a competent and professional matter,” Weld said at the annual Politics & Eggs breakfast. “He is simply in the wrong place.” The former Massachusetts governor fueled speculation of a presidential bid after he told The Boston Globe earlier this month that his planned speech in New Hampshire "will deal comprehensively with my thoughts about the 2020 election." Also raising eyebrows was Weld’s decision earlier this month to rejoin the Republican Party after switching to the Libertarian Party in 2016. That year, he was tapped to run as former libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s running mate.

The former governor addressed those concerns Friday, admitting to being a "small-L libertarian" while no longer a member of the party. "I've considered myself a 'small-L libertarian'" for years, Weld added. "[But] I want to not dribble around the court, I want to go right for the hoop. If you want to go one-on-one, you have to go as an 'R'," he said of running as a Republican. Weld’s path to the Republican nomination would be a narrow one.

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