GOP senators who are facing primary challenges in 2018 include Sens.
Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Wittman (Va.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.).
All are considered to be strong contenders to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
MORE (R-Ohio), who has been a fierce critic of the president’s policies.
Rubio has repeatedly criticized the president, calling him a “phony” president who lacks the temperament to lead the country.
Rubio’s son, Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senate candidate says he ‘would not have voted for’ Kavanaugh, but would support him if he’s elected: reportOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Trump says he’d let patients die on their own | GOP leaders embrace Trump’s new health care law | Poll: Trump ahead in Pennsylvania, Ohio | Latest polls: Trump has a 4-point lead in Wisconsin | Trump and Clinton neck-and-neck in New Hampshire | GOP nominee calls for 2020 vice presidential bid in South Carolina | Biden to campaign in Florida for VP candidate in Florida MORE (S-S.
Carolina), are also considered to have a chance of challenging Trump.
Rubio was also a vocal opponent of Trump’s immigration policies.
Graham, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is one of Trumps most vocal critics, with Graham calling him “a coward.”
Sen. Jeff Flake Jeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP blocks Pruitt from reopening rulebook on opioid policy How Flake came to be the GOP’s new ace in the hole MORE (Ariz.), a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is also considered a potential challenge.
Flake has been in the news for criticizing Trump for months.
Kelly Ayhofe Kelly Ann AyotteGOP mulls having outside counsel investigate potential ties between Kavanaugh and protesters Flake: I’m not the only one who thinks Trump is a coward Flake: ‘I’m not a coward’ who voted against Kavanaugh MORE (Neb.), and Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioTrump Jr. to testify next week about Kavanaugh GOP senator questions 2020 Dems on Trump’s tweets about Kavanaugh: ‘You can call me whatever you want’ GOP senator says they’re ‘unable to believe’ that Trump is lying about him MORE (Fla.) also are considered potential challengers to Trump, who is facing pressure from Democrats to end his term and focus on governing.
Former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush Jeb BushTrump Jr.: I was never in favor of the Iraq war Jeb Bush says he regrets ‘the way we handled the Iraq situation’ MORE (Jeb) is also seen as a potential challenger.
Trump is facing intense pressure from Republicans and independents to step aside in favor the next president.
Bush, who lost to Trump in 2016, is seen as having the best chance of winning the GOP nomination.
Rubio and Lee are also seen by many as potential candidates.
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Friday, Aug. 29Former Florida Gov.: ‘The time for the impeachment of the President of the United States has come’Saturday, Aug