GOP Infighting Complicates Presidential Bid

Upshot of the first debate: The battle between the pro-business wing and tea partyers is likely to drag on, to the delight of Democrats.

This much is crystal clear after the first presidential debate Thursday night: The 2016 presidential election will look a lot like the 2008 and 2012 races, especially during the primary season, but maybe in November as well.

Republicans will keep fighting each other, waging a fierce battle over the direction of the party, even if it dooms their chances of winning the White House next year.

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David Morris
Deputy Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Morris has covered every presidential election since 1984 and has been based in Washington since 1994. Before joining Kiplinger in 2010, he directed exit polling operations for The Associated Press, was chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and was managing editor and executive editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. He was also assistant director of the polling unit for ABC News, worked for three Pennsylvania newspapers and directed AP's bureau in Sacramento, Cal.