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Poll: Will the Speedy GOP Primary Help or Hurt the Eventual Nominee?

Sarah Mimms, Peter Bell and Michael Catalini
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Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell Michael Catalini
Jan. 30, 2014, 4 p.m.

How help­ful will the sped-up GOP pres­id­en­tial primary prove to be for the even­tu­al Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee?

DEMO­CRATS (93 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 23%
Some­what help­ful: 57%
Some­what un­help­ful: 10%
Very un­help­ful: 10%

Very help­ful

“Par­tic­u­larly help­ful to Christie.”

“They will have less time to tear each oth­er down, and if the past is pro­logue, they are good at tear­ing each oth­er down.”

Some­what help­ful

“Com­press­ing the cal­en­dar is good; now, if we would only do something about all that cam­paign money slosh­ing around to cre­ate a more trans­par­ent and less cor­rupt­ing pro­cess.”

“It could help some, but the law of un­in­ten­ded con­sequences of­ten bites you in the private parts.”

“Fac­tion­al­ism is still the biggest GOP prob­lem; short­en­ing the clock won’t stop the crazy.”

“Might give the win­ner a fun­drais­ing edge.”

“The great thing about polit­ics is that the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom is al­most al­ways wrong.”

Very un­help­ful

“It will force an erstwhile-mod­er­ate, gov­ernor type to the right and will hurt badly when they have to win swing voters in Ohio.”

How help­ful will the sped-up GOP pres­id­en­tial primary prove to be for the even­tu­al Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (88 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 34%
Some­what help­ful: 59%
Some­what un­help­ful: 6%
Very un­help­ful: 1%

Very help­ful

“Mak­ing gen­er­al-elec­tion money avail­able to spend two months earli­er is crit­ic­al.”

“The Mi­chael Steele rules killed Rom­ney. Tight­er sched­ule puts race back in the hands of a good ground game that trans­lates in­to a stronger can­did­ate early.”

“It gets the in­tra­mur­al battle out of the way so nom­in­ee can fo­cus on the real tar­get.”

Some­what help­ful

“Hav­ing a cal­en­dar and stick­ing to it is more im­port­ant than what that cal­en­dar is. Any can­did­ate worthy of the of­fice will ad­just their game plan, but you can’t have states go­ing rogue.”

“Any­thing that mar­gin­al­izes the stu­pid and de­lu­sion­al can­did­ates early is a good thing.”

“Put it this way: Noth­ing would have helped Rom­ney. No primary op­pon­ent did per­man­ent dam­age to him. He van­quished his op­pon­ents one by one but came out weak­er on the oth­er end be­cause he was a weak can­did­ate without a mes­sage, not be­cause the primary pro­cess left him weakened.”

“It gives the ex­trem­ists less time to in­flu­ence the nom­in­a­tions, but, then again, it also gives the es­tab­lish­ment less time as well.”

Some­what un­help­ful

“Earli­er con­ven­tion means easi­er cam­paign fund­ing — but what about buy­er’s re­morse if a hast­ily chosen nom­in­ee stumbles?”

Very un­help­ful

“Even with the im­prove­ments re­cently agreed to at the RNC, it is go­ing to be hard to pro­duce a uni­fy­ing na­tion­al can­did­ate.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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