Race For 2016 Begins In Earnest

After simmering throughout the 2014 primaries and general election, the feud between tea party and establishment Republicans is set to boil over in the next two years as both factions turn up the heat in the battle to be kingmakers for the GOP presidential nominee.

The fight among the potential candidates themselves is already well underway, with conservative senators positioning themselves as the insurgents and several current and former governors as the standard-bearers for the establishment — including potentially another member of the Bush family, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Voters have been spared much of the internal GOP feuding, as both sides have tried to paper over differences in recent months, joining together in the shared goal of flipping control of the Senate and holding onto key governorships.

“But once the postscript on the 2014 elections is written, it will start to simmer again,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist. “And by the time we reach the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, I expect it to be a driving force in who Republicans nominate as the party’s eventual standard-bearer.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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