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Seeing Red: What’s Ahead for Mainstream Republicans in the Trump Era?

Republican Senate candidate Chris Vance speaks out.

November 18, 2016

When it became clear that Donald Trump would be the Republican Party candidate for the presidency, Chris Vance made it known that he would not support Trump. His stance put him at odds with Trump supporters and others in the state Republican Party as Vance sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Patty Murray in the U.S. Senate race. Vance lost to Murray by a sizeable margin.

Now the former state Republican Party chair is left to wonder where he fits in as a mainstream Republican in the Trump Era. Vance talks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna and Political Analyst Joni Balter about the Trump presidency, its impact on the Republican Party and where it leaves him politically.

Top image credit: By Republican Party (Republican National Committee) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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Joni Balter

Joni Balter is a multi-media journalist and lecturer at Seattle University and the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Policy and Governance. A KCTS 9 political analyst and advisor, she has contributed to KUOW and Bloomberg View, and was a columnist for The Seattle Times. More stories by Joni Balter