Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (right) and current Chairman Reince Priebus have ushered in a new RNC rule that may play a large role in the 2012 presidential election.
Will the new process make the GOP race long enough to test the contenders and capture the publicís attention without being so long as to divide the party? Or will states ignore the RNC rules, figuring that theyíll still get plenty of attention from the candidates and media? Even supporters of the new rule donít yet know the answer to these questions.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.