This is correct on the state level issue but the Presidential race is almost always an emotional vote. Obama was emotion not reason, so was Trump. Even Clinton in 92 was emotional, as was Bush in 2000. If you want to win that you are going to need someone to appeal to that end of things. So I totally agree, switch to the state races more. The GOP isn’t doing squat really but benefiting from lack of energy and courage by everyone else. These other parties out there — Green, Progressive, should run candidates in the state races. Out in middle America, they can win some seats perhaps. People really are sick of the two parties out there as well; they vote on issues and really local stuff, like the water situation in Flint is a chance to smash some lazy GOP folks who watched it go down. That is just one example.