Senators voting to convict Trump haven't 'signed an electoral death warrant': Silver

538's Nate Silver on how much retribution the senators who voted to convict Trump will face.
1:47 | 02/21/21

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Transcript for Senators voting to convict Trump haven't 'signed an electoral death warrant': Silver
The seven Republican senators who broke rank and voted to convict Donald Trump faced immediate blowback within a Republican party that's still intensely loyal to the former president. And with trump expected to make his first speech since leaving the white house next week, we asked fivethirtyeight's Nate silver just how much retribution the senators who defied him will face. For the time being, no doubt that the Republican party is still the party of Donald Trump. A recent poll found that 75% of GOP voters play a prominent role in the party, compared to 21% who don't, and those Republicans who voted to convict trump were essential church. And some of the Republicans who voted to convict trump on impeachment charges, were essential churched by their state Republican parties. These seven Republican senators did do something fairly bold. No senator has ever voted to convict a president of his own party. At the same time, there's a reason why the Republicans who chose to convict trump elected to do so, their personal electoral circumstances made it safer. North Carolina's burr and Pennsylvania's pat Toomey are retiring. Susan Collins is from Maine, a state trump lost by nine points. That vote to convict helped her as a moderate. In Alaska, a new primary starting next year, where the top four finishers advance regardless of the party, so Lisa murkowski doesn't have to worry about a Republican primary challenge. While a recent poll shows Romney's popularity has plummeted among Republicans it's increased among Democrats. So, I buy that these senators' votes to convict trump make their lives a bit more complicated but none of them have signed an electoral death warrant.

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