Huffmon: GOP may face an internal battle over its own ‘conservatives’

Posted December 26, 2012 6:41 pm | Filed under Local News

The Republican Party, on a national scale, is doing some soul searching after President Barack Obama was able to win re-election by gaining an overwhelming majority of minority voters, especially black and Latino voters, as well as women.

In a recent Winthrop Poll, 90 percent of voters polled said they were not members of the Tea Party. Winthrop Poll director Scott Huffmon says that may mean a battle among conservatives in the GOP is imminent among those who are willing to compromise and those who are not

Huffmon says the GOP will likely adopt an open-door policy to minorities, welcoming those with more moderate views.

Earlier this month, the GOP launched an internal effort examining what did — and what did not work — in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Huffmon says if the Tea Party is going to be a force in South Carolina in 2014 the same way it was in 2010, the Tea Party is going to have to re-galvanize and re-excite its base.

Story by the South Carolina Radio Network.