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   Should the GOP pin hopes on 2016? Some contenders wait

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2/25/2011 10:00 am

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Sean J. Miller

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Entered 2/25/2011, Updated 2/25/2011

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The GOP presidential field has weakened in recent weeks as Republicans seem to conclude they’d stand a better chance of winning the White House in 2016. Several strategists and observers say the potential candidates are weighing their options and deciding it’s best to wait until the next cycle, when President Obama is ineligible to run and Vice President Biden, who will turn 74 that November, isn't expected to seek the Democratic nomination. The downside to waiting, of course, is that the 2016 Republican primary could be more competitive on account of the openness of the race. “It’s tough fighting an incumbent president,” said Republican strategist Tyler Harber. “The people who make significant runs for office wait for when it’s an open seat.”


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