President-elect Trump with his unexpected victory has sidelined the White House prospects of an entire generation of Republican stars.

A bevy of Republicans in their 40s and 50s — governors and senators, some on the rise, others nearing or at the apex of their political careers, were expected to contend for the presidency in 2020.

Then along came Trump, the 70 year-old Baby Boomer who muscled other boomers and Generation X Republicans out of the 2016 nomination and with his win over Hillary Clinton put their presidential aspirations on ice indefinitely.

Their next opportunity to run for president is probably eight years away.

But it could be even longer, should Trump win re-election and Vice President-elect Pence, 57, be the GOP’s consensus pick for the nomination in 2024.

“Trump unexpectedly winning completely changes the political landscape for a lot of prominent Republicans, especially governors, who may have had their eyes set on running for president,” said Jim Dornan, a GOP strategist.

Republicans mentioned as possible 2020 candidates included a few seasoned by losing bids in 2016 and others who would have been first-time candidates.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, both 45, ran for president this year and were on the 2020 watch list. Ditto for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 49. All are alumni of the Tea Party uprising that blossomed at the beginning of this decade.

Among the potential first time 2020 candidates were South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, 44; Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, 39; and House Speaker Paul Ryan, 46, his party’s vice presidential nominee four years ago.

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Some, like Cotton, elected to his first Senate term in 2014, are up-and-coming.

Others, like Haley and Walker, are approaching the conclusion of their second gubernatorial terms (in 2018) and face the possibility of being out of electoral politics for years before the opportunity to run for president arises.

“The prospects for our deep bench are further down the road,” said Brad Todd, a Republican consultant.

As Trump has shown, it’s not that these Republicans are in danger of being aged out of viability. Having to wait years to run for president presents other challenges, however, as was proven over the course of the 2016 cycle.

Staying relevant and influential will be a hurdle for some of them. Keeping current on the modern tools and style of effective campaigning will be a handicap for others.

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Remaining a good fit for the ideological and tonal center of the party is yet another impediment — especially if Trump succeeds in reshaping the character of the GOP in his populist image.

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who ran for president this year a decade after his previous campaign, showed how all three issues can trip up a campaign, granted he was hardly the only GOP primary candidate Trump outflanked for one reason or another.

Bush was an early favorite for the nomination and used his connections to raise tens of millions of dollars. But his time away from the game was evident.

Bush sometimes appeared unprepared for the speed of the campaign. In 2002, his previous run, social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, which have come to dominate political communications and news disseminate, did even exist yet.

Bush also appeared out of step philosophically and emotionally with where the Republican Party was in 2016.

Bush’s conservative credentials were substantial. As governor he cut taxes and reduced the size of government, while pushing education reforms long championed by conservatives.

But on key issues, like immigration, the GOP had shifted. And the cerebral, hopeful Bush was not longer in step with a party that had grown angry and frustrated and shed its Ronald Reagan-like optimism about the future.

Avoiding these pitfalls is essential for the rising group of Republicans whose presidential prospects are now on hiatus. That could particularly be the case for those among them that arose from the Reagan wing of the party’s ideological spectrum.

“We’re witnessing a bit of a populist conservative coalition,” said a Republican advisor who has counseled presidential candidates, who explained that the main goal of Republicans who want to stay relevant and up to speed should be “to get stuff done.”

Trump, a billionaire real estate developer and reality television star before entering politics, is the oldest individual to ever be elected president the first time. He’s also unpredictable.

It’s possible Trump decides to call it quits after one term; it’s possible that his unorthodox approach to politics grates on the public and that he’s ousted in four years if he runs again.

Republicans aren’t ruling out the prospect that Trump could face tough opposition in the 2020 Republican primary.

But it’s also true that Trump appears to love the adulation he receives at his packed rallies. The New York Times is reporting that the president-elect is looking for ways to continue holding campaign style rallies after he is inaugurated.

That suggests that Trump has no plans to fade from the arena after four years.

This week, Republican state executives are set to convene in Orlando for a regular meeting of their governors association. Originally, the meeting was to be a hotbed of jockeying for leadership in a rudderless party and position in the next presidential race.

Now, they’re left to ponder their place in Trump’s GOP, how long this new dynamic will last, and how they should navigate the new terrain.

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