Iowa’s Republican presidential caucus on March 1 could bring the country one step closer to a Donald Trump victory.
With only a handful of candidates in the race, the party is scrambling to come up with a way to unite its disparate constituencies.
But the state’s top elected official has warned that any solution that fails to include the support of a majority of voters could be disastrous for the party.
The Republican Party has to figure out what is going to work.
But what happens if there’s no agreement on how to unite the GOP’s disparate constituencies, leading to a Clinton victory?
That’s the question Iowa Republican Party Chairman and Presidential hopeful Dan Burton is asking in a new essay.
Here are five ways in which the party could fall short in the wake of its Feb. 1 contest:1.
A vote-by-mail system: Burton’s proposal would allow voters to register to vote by mail.
This could be an important option for people who don’t have access to a mail-in ballot or for people with a disability who may be unable to vote.
But if the system is not in place, voters could end up disenfranchised.2.
A new type of polling place: It’s possible that some of the state party’s supporters could be frustrated with the lack of options for polling places.
It’s also possible that the state GOP could find it difficult to maintain a number of polling places in the state that are popular with its supporters, even though they have no voting infrastructure or staff.3.
A closed primary: It could be that some party supporters might be hesitant to caucus at all, especially if there are several candidates running in the primary.
The closed primary is a process whereby candidates are not allowed to have their name in front of voters, which limits the number of candidates and makes it easier for outsiders to compete for delegates.4.
A third party: A third-party candidate might be more popular than the two major parties and would attract more voters.
It could also be more efficient than voting in a primary.
But even if the third party candidate wins the general election, the results won’t be binding, meaning that the party will have to decide how to move forward.5.
A mail-only caucus: This is possible, but the party would have to work hard to convince its voters to vote through the mail.
The caucus would be a closed-door event and the party’s leaders would not be allowed to see the results of the vote-in.6.
An online caucus: It may not be possible to create an online voting system that does not rely on the use of paper ballots, which would be the preferred method for the Iowa Republican party.
It may also not be practical for the state to use an online system to manage the caucus.7.
An expanded primary: Iowa Republicans are looking to expand their list of candidates to include a third party.
Some supporters may have reservations about the proposed expanded primary system, but there’s a reason why the party has been reluctant to do so.8.
An extended caucus: The Iowa Republican caucus would allow the party to continue running primary races and provide an opportunity for its candidates to broaden their appeal.
The party could extend the caucus indefinitely and then go on to hold a general election in January 2018.
But that could be problematic.9.
A super PAC: The state Republican party has raised more than $30 million to help fund its campaigns and candidates in 2018, but it’s unlikely that any of the money will be spent in Iowa, which has fewer than 20 delegates at stake in the caucus and has a primary election coming up in February.10.
An all-mail caucus: If the party can’t agree on how it will go about maintaining the mail-vote system and ensuring that people are registered and are on the ballot, it could find itself stuck with a large, unruly and unpopular slate of candidates.11.
A caucus-by.org system: A super-PAC could be created to run a candidate in the party primary and a party-organized caucus.
A candidate could be eligible to run for the presidency or vice president if the candidate meets certain criteria.
A “caucus-by” organization would also be able to create a super PAC that would spend $10 million to compete in the Democratic and Republican primaries.12.
A free-for-all: The party might be forced to hold one-on-one primaries to attract more supporters, but that could leave the party with a small number of viable candidates.
The only way to do that is if the caucus itself becomes a free- for-all, which is unlikely.