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GOP Has Trouble Settling on Candidates Who Can Win

Rightwheel Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 4:10 PM
Barone and others who argue along these lines never seem to grasp the basic fallacy of their argument; it does no good for the Party to win if federalism and first principles lose! How would it avail conservatives to have total Republican Party domination of Congress entirely with members who all agree with basic socialist premises?

One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot.

They've lost the presidency twice in a row, and in four of the last six contests. They've failed to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, something they accomplished in five election cycles between 1994 and 2006.

But they have won control of the House of Representatives in the last two elections, and in eight of the last 10 cycles.

And they've been doing better in elections to state legislatures than at any time since the 1920s.