Conservative hardliners are on a mission to shatter a half century-long tradition in the Republican Party by nominating one of their own for president.
After two consecutive establishment nominees flamed out in 2008 and 2012, and as the base’s anger at Republican leaders reaches extraordinary heights, that elusive goal may now be within reach.Donald Trump leads the Republican field in national polls. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, two more political outsiders, are not far behind, and de facto tea party leader Senator Ted Cruz continues to draw strong support. That’s raising hopes in some or the further right corners of the Republican Party.
“This election does not appear to be following the normal pro-establishment trend,” Ken Cuccinelli, the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, an anti-establishment pressure group that supports uncompromising conservatives, told Bloomberg. “Republican voters are extremely frustrated with GOP candidates who campaign as conservatives, but then legislate as liberals. They’ve been betrayed too many times and now they’re looking for a strong conservative who will stand up to the Washington establishment and fight for their principles.”
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