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Republicans aim to shorten 2016 primary calendar

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks on January 24, 2014 in Washington, DCThe Republican Party confirmed Tuesday it will bring its 2016 national convention forward in order to prevent a divisive, marathon battle among its candidates ahead of the US presidential election. For decades the Republican National Convention has been held in late July, August or even September of a presidential election year, meaning the party can have little time to unify behind its nominee before Americans vote in November. In 2016, “we’ll probably have the convention either on one or two start dates: June 27th or July 18th,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told reporters at a breakfast in Washington. In recent elections, politicians vying for the Republican nomination squared off deep into campaign season, highlighting divisions between core conservatives and centrists that some say hurt the party’s prospects in 2012, when Mitt Romney lost against incumbent President Barack Obama.

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