Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa
February 2, 2014
As Republicans look ahead to the 2016 presidential race, they are hoping to avoid the kind of chaotic and protracted nominating battle that dismayed party elders and damaged the eventual candidacy of Mitt Romney.
That, however, could be a hard thing to prevent.
The party is divided and in turmoil, with a civil war raging between its establishment and insurgent factions. For the first time in memory, there is no obvious early favorite â€” no candidate with wide appeal who has run before, no incumbent president or vice president, no clear establishment pick.