Shutdown Hurts GOP Efforts To Woo Younger Voters

After the GOP got crushed at the polls in 2012, Republican Party leaders realized they needed to broaden their base, especially among younger voters.

The Republican National Committee even released an autopsy report declaring that the GOP had become an entity at which “young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes,” and admitting “we have lost our way with younger ones. We sound increasingly out of touch.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell acknowledged the GOP’s biggest problem is “we’ve done nothing to enlarge the tent,” especially among single women, minorities, and young voters. “The clock’s ticking with respect to 2016,”  O’Connell said. The GOP needs to realize that “continuing to pound sand on Obamacare is not really going to work. The only way to get rid of it is to win elections. They need to be focused on that.”

Read more from Aliyah Frumin and Suzy Khimm at MSNBC.com

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