future of the Republican Party — with or without Donald J. Trump — is weighing heavily on the party’s top elected officials, thought leaders and activists. It’s a topic sure to be dissected once the results on Election Day, November 8, 2016, are tallied. Beyond Trump lays out the possibilities ahead for a political party facing an existential crisis.

When Donald Trump entered the presidential race in June 2015, the Republican Party was divided. By the time he accepted his nomination just over a year later, it had shattered into pieces.

The GOP for years was a diverse but sturdy three-legged stool of security hawks, tax cutters and religious conservatives. Within that coalition, stakeholders might jostle for prominence but generally got along, united by the common goal of winning elections.

Divisions within the party existed before Trump won the 2016 nomination, but were exacerbated in recent years as establishment Republicans battled with conservative populists over a variety of hot-button issues, including immigration. Tactical fights erupted over whether to threaten government shutdowns and how much to compromise with Democrats. Smaller factions within the party, like libertarians, battled to push their policies to the top of the agenda.

Then came Trump....

...The party of Reagan was the party that had coalitions that worked seamlessly together,” GOP strategist John FeeheryQ&A said. “What Donald Trump has identified is a party that is literally splitting apart between the donor class and the working class parts of the party."

Whether or not Trump prevails in November, the GOP is set for a rebuilding process like none in recent memory...

...Welcome to Choose Your Own Adventure: Republican Party edition.

Path One
Trump Takes Over the GOP

Path Two
Refined Trumpism

Path Three
The Party Establishment Wins

Path Four
The Stalemate