A year after Romney loss, GOP woes run even deeper

9:06 AM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
Mitt Romney arrives for lunch at the White House November 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Former Governor Mitt Romney met with Obama after losing the 2012 US Presidential Election to him earlier this month (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans, it can be argued, are in worse shape than they were after losing the 2012 presidential race.

They're struggling to control tensions between tea party and establishment wings, and approval ratings are at record lows.

A major effort to overhaul immigration policy is in trouble. The bigger worry is the growing rift between business-oriented Republicans and the party's more ideological wing.

Each blames the other for the showdowns over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown. Centrist Republicans say tea partyers favored an economic-jarring federal default.

In Virginia, the Republican nominee is trailing in a once-promising race for governor.

But not everything is dire. Chris Christie is cruising toward re-election as New Jersey's governor, and the president's health care program has had a rocky rollout.

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