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Mike Pence Brought Conservatives Home. What If They Don’t Need Him Anymore?

“For one thing, somebody like Pence in the past would have had a certain appeal to evangelical voters that is less strong now because evangelicals, in embracing Trump, have changed their character,” Mr. Wehner said, adding, “The kind of appeal that a guy like Pence had is just not as great.”

Mr. Trump’s health problems, coming on top of a looming election that polls show Republicans at considerable risk of losing, have added greater urgency to the debate inside the Republican Party over its future and whether its next leader should be someone who emulates Mr. Trump. No small number of conservatives believe their political victories over the last four years would have been impossible without Mr. Trump’s defiance of political norms and his frequent disregard for civility and compromise in domestic and foreign affairs.

As evidence, they point to actions Mr. Trump has taken that they said other Republican

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