Mark Halperin Weighs In on the Republican Party

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The race to represent the Republican Party in 2012 is wide open. Republicans badly want to win but are uncommonly divided as to which horse to ride. In the modern era, the GOP has never seen such a late start and uncertain outcome, owing to the absence of a strong frunt runner and the influence of the Tea Party. Even now, some of the party's best prospects have not committed. But things are finally heating up, so it is time to rank the contenders.