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Barbour: Contested Convention 'Isn't Necessarily All Bad'

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, running counter to some of the conventional wisdom in his party, said a contested convention may not be a nightmare scenario for Republicans.

"A contested convention isn't necessarily all bad," he said on ABC's This Week, though he did not elaborate.


Barbour hasn't yet endorsed a candidate, but he did note that there have been three moments in the race when Mitt Romney "looked like he was poised to begin coalescing, and each time he lost the next week."

"Whether or not we have an open convention is up to the primary voters," he said.

But he admitted that the drawn-out primary has not been great for Republicans. “I don’t think anybody in their right mind thinks that this way the primaries have played out has been good for the Republican chances,” Barbour said. “But what to me is remarkable is it hasn’t helped Obama much."


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