GOP dilemma: draw new voters without irking base

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 7:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party has not yet decided how to appeal to centrist voters without alienating its conservative base.

Republicans are pondering their recent defeats while eyeing potential candidates for 2016. Those possible candidates range from tea party heroes to pragmatic governors.

Some Republicans hope to learn from the Democrats' 1992 victory. Democrats were sick of losing elections so they moved their party toward the center and rallied behind Bill Clinton.

Campaign strategists say the Republicans' task is harder. Their conservative base is bigger and more ideological than is the Democrats' liberal base.

That makes it hard for a GOP candidate to win the party's nomination while also reaching out to independent voters who will be crucial in the general election.

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