The national media believes that Trump is the clear favorite for the Republican nomination. My view is that the likelihood of Trump winning this nomination is around 25 percent.
Some observations supporting the emergence of an alternative to Trump:
People always assume the previous race will look like the last one. In the 2016 Republican contest there were 17 major candidates and the field narrowed slowly. This time around there may be a total of 6 candidates with field narrowing to 3 after New Hampshire.
Many states have open primaries, which allow voters to enter the primary of their choice. Most independents have an unfavorable view of Trump. Many independents will participate in an open Republican contest and vote against Trump If Biden is not challenged in the Democratic contest. Three of the early crucial contests, Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina are open contests.
Iowa, the first caucus, is likely to be a muddle. The Iowa Republican caucus often goes to a candidate with regional ties or fervent anti-abortion views. The Democrats have moved Iowa to a later date, a change that will likely cause more independent voters to caucus with Republicans.
Two key early states, New Hampshire and South Carolina have open primaries. It is conceivable that Trump loses both primaries and gets knocked down early. Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, would win the New Hampshire contest if he enters. Whether Trump could rebound in South Carolina depends on how quickly the field winnows.
Concluding Thought: Biden fares poorly in a general election race against Sununu. Whitmer would be a much stronger candidate. Future election posts will examine the contest or lack of contest in the Democratic party and factors impacting the general election.