Making the primaries about the GOP base

NY Times:
Voting in Manchester, N.H., in the primary this year. Republican Party leaders are debating how to give more voters a meaningful role sooner in the process, a change that could stoke resistance in states that have traditionally held their votes early, including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
Hilary Swift for The New York Times
Voting in Manchester, N.H., in the primary this year. Republican Party leaders are debating how to give more voters a meaningful role sooner in the process, a change that could stoke resistance in states that have traditionally held their votes early, including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
Iowa and New Hampshire could lose their coveted status as gatekeepers to the presidency, and independents could be barred from voting in Republican contests.
I support both of these proposals and would also exclude Democrats from voting in a GOP primary.  Iowa and New Hampshire have a tendency to lean left of the GOP base pushing candidates to the top who may not be that popular in the rest of the country.  This year was somewhat of an exception as Ted Cruz managed to thwart the ethanol lobby and get the most votes despite his stand.  Ethanol is a product that is unnecessary and one that I would not buy given a choice.

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