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Republican strategist says an Amash presidential bid wouldn't result in 'any real political gain'

Republican strategist Lauren Claffey said Wednesday that if Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Mich.) decided to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE in 2020, it wouldn’t result in any “real political gain.”

“For Justin Amash it’s not going to be any sort of real political gain,” Claffey, who is a managing director of Hamilton Place Strategies, told Hill.TV. “He’s not going to win anything, he may just get a couple of votes and a lot of media interviews.”

However, the Republican strategist noted that Amash could potentially pull some important votes away from President Trump in key states.

“Just like any other third party candidate it would pull away votes from what’s already going to be a tight race for him and so he’s not going to want that,” she said. 

Amash told The Hill on Tuesday he would not rule out a third-party challenge to Trump in response to a question over whether he was thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.

The question came as Amash has been facing backlash this week after becoming the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against Trump for obstruction of justice.

Amash also accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Meadows says Trump did not order declassification of Russia documents MORE of “deliberately misrepresenting” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s findings from the Russia investigation.

Trump and his supporters quickly moved to shut Amash's comments down, saying the lawmaker is just looking to make headlines.

“He never supported the president, and I think he's just looking for attention,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy: 'I would think I already have the votes' to remain as House GOP leader Conservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (R-Calif.) said on Fox News a day after Amash made his remarks.

Amash, who is a founding member of the conservative voting bloc House Freedom Caucus, has frequently spoken out against the president and even at one point supporting legislation to block Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border.

—Tess Bonn