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Texas, Florida offer GOP models for the future: Pew Center survey: Just 1 in 5 call selves Republicans

by canderson

David was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about the competing views about rebuilding the GOP.

In contrast, the Florida GOP platform opened with a pledge “always (to) be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.” GOP pollster David Winston says the different approaches reflect the differing politics of the two states.

“A majority coalition in Florida and a majority coalition in Texas happen to be very different models,” he said. “The challenge for the Republican Party is to pull those coalitions together at a national level.” The Texas and Florida models will be tested next year as Perry faces a potential challenge from a moderate conservative, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Crist faces a potential Senate primary challenge from a conservative former Florida House speaker, Marco Rubio.

Houston Chronicle