Trump support puts Republican candidates in a bind, David Rohde interviewed for CBS News

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Still, navigating what to do with Trump is a tricky question for [Senator Richard] Burr. David Rohde, a professor of political science at Duke University, sees Burr’s continued support as a tough political calculation, and an issue that will stick around until Election Day. 

“No matter what Burr does, he has a problem. If he withdraws his support from Trump, he will alienate some portion of Trump’s supporters and they may abstain, thus losing support for Burr. If Burr sticks with Trump, he will alienate some of his own supporters who might then abstain or even vote for Ross,” Rohde explained.

“The key point is that there is no good option available, and that information about what is the better (or less worse) option is very imperfect.”

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