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Two Sets of GOP Voters: Rationals and Notionals Two Sets of GOP Voters: Rationals and Notionals

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CAMPAIGN 2012

Two Sets of GOP Voters: Rationals and Notionals

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

There is a way to think about the up-and-down GOP nomination fight that at least partially explains its volatility and the seemingly endless array of short-lived challengers to front-runner Mitt Romney as well as Romney's surprisingly resilience against any and all challengers.

It's been the battle between the rationals and the notionals.

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