Future of the GOP

October 24, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 38
Can Republicans gain more minority support?
By Chuck McCutcheon


Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has courted black voters in an attempt to expand the party's appeal. He criticizes Republicans who support voting restrictions that affect minority voters. At left is tea party advocate Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., who unsuccessfully sought the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

The immediate future appears promising for the Republican Party: It is in strong shape to reclaim the majority in the Senate in November, gaining control of both chambers of Congress, and it commands many state governments. But political observers say the GOP should be concerned about the longer term, developing policies that can entice greater numbers of women, minorities and young people. Analysts also say the party must resolve its internal battles between the moderate Republican establishment and more conservative tea party wing. At the same time, nonpartisan scholars say, Republicans must shed the identity they have acquired as the uncompromising and confrontational “party of no.” The party's growing conservative bent has driven away many independent voters, who are crucial to winning presidential elections. The 2016 contest for the White House is seen as critical in determining whether Republicans can assemble a diverse coalition beyond their traditional base of older whites.

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