Virginia GOP Seeks to Overcome Troubles With 2016 on Horizon (Times-Dispatch)

Richmond Times-Dispatch The big challenge for the Virginia GOP, should it opt for a convention, is to represent the range of opinions within the party, said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.

“From the point of view of creating a broad-based party with a lot of public support, conventions really don’t get you there,” Farnsworth said. “The few thousand people who participate in a convention are going to be far more ideologically extreme than the much larger population that would participate in a primary.”

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