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The Republican Party (sometimes called Grand Old Party, or GOP) is a major political party of the United States. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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Why couldn't Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare so many times under Obama do it under a Republican president?

I seem to recall that Republicans voted to amend or repeal Obamacare dozens of times when Obama was president. It was a meme that they had so many better ideas about health care. They seemed to be ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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What are the Republicans' arguments for blaming the Democrats for the shutdown?

The President and other Republicans have been casting blame on the Democrats for being responsible for the current government shutdown. If Republicans had a majority in the House and the Senate at ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

In my understanding, generally, right-wing politicians are hard on immigration and foreign people in general. This typically goes well with anti-semitism, too. (See Nazis / Neo-Nazis). At least in the ...
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Why the color red for the Republican Party

The US Republican Party's official color is Red yet in general political circles that color has been used by Socialist groups and movements. Since the party publicly condemns Socialism why would they ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Is the Republican party obligated to renominate Trump for Presidency in 2020?

Presuming Donald Trump wants to become nominated for a second time, is the Republican party obligated to let him do so? Or can they put forward alternative candidates that would potentially defeat ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...
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Is Donald Trump officially the Republican nominee [as of May 7th]?

Googling the phrase 2016 primaries indicates that Donald Trump is the "likely Republican presidential nominee" (emphasis mine). While Donald Trump needs 1237 delegates to secure the nomination, he ...
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Why does Trump want a citizenship question on the census?

President Trump has recently stated that he may issue an executive order to place a question on the 2020 Census about US residents' citizenship status. This comes after the Supreme Court has already ...
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Is 46 Republican House members retiring unusual?

I was listening to Pod Save America and they were talking about the upcoming mid-terms and the "fact" that 46 house Republicans are retiring. According to them, that is unusual. Are there 46 House ...
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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change. Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party: The stars used to point upwards, like this: This ...
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In the US, why do libertarians tend to side with the GOP rather than the DNC?

A generic way to define a libertarian in the US could be 'fiscally conservative, socially liberal'. Given that the two major parties (GOP and DNC) tend to (again, speaking generically) be ...
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Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process? Is there a reason why they didn't push for this yet? What does the Republican party think of a ...
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Is it true that Republicans have an unfair geographical advantage in elections for the House of Representatives?

I'm not from the U.S. but someone told me that the Republican Party had an unfair advantage in elections for the House of Representatives. This advantage would be geographic. The voters who usually ...
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Is the Republican Party forced to support whoever wins the presidential primary?

Is the Republican Party forced to support the winner of the presidential primary, or can they choose to support another candidate, for example because that candidate is more in line with the party's ...
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Why don't many of the Republicans in the House and Senate believe in climate change?

In their foundations, they support the laissez faire (economics) but they don't accept the green economy. Are there any logical reasons of why most Republicans (not all) refuse to acknowledge climate ...
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How do Republicans explain their lack of support among minority voters?

From a 2016 Pew Research Study, "The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart": Trends in party affiliation among black voters have been largely stable over ...
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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How have Republicans defended Trump's “Go Back” tweets?

On July 14th, 2019, President Trump posted series of 3 tweets which targeted Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and ...
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Have congressional Republicans taken a position on whether they will give “consent” to the United States Climate Alliance as an interstate compact?

The United States Climate Alliance is an effort by state governments to support the Paris Climate Accord and help reduce emissions in the United States. There is however a constitutional problem with ...
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Why did Ted Cruz drop out of the race?

According to Google, here is the latest Republican delegate count (as of May 6, 2016): Obviously, Cruz does not have a mathematical chance to obtain the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination. ...
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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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What are the differences between the proposed Republican health care plan and the Affordable Health Care Act?

Most media websites have been focusing on certain points due to their bias so I have been unable to find a list of actual differences between the Affordable Health Care Act and the new proposed ...
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How can the Trump Impeachment hearings be so split on party lines?

From what I've been hearing, it seems to me that the impeachment proceedings involving President Trump are split completely along party lines. This goes to the extent that while Democrats are saying ...
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Why are republicans so eager to repeal Obamacare without having a replacement?

With an estimated 22.8 million newly insured people since the launch of the ACA, why are Republican law makers so eager to repeal it without a backup plan? Trump's comments were basically "We're going ...
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Does the Republican party have any means to prevent Arthur Jones from running as a Republican in the Illinois election?

Arthur Jones will almost certainly become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat. This friendly chap is the former leader of the American Nazi Party, calls the holocaust a hoax, and ...
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Why do Republicans oppose the Voting Rights Advancement Act?

On December 6th, The House of Representatives passed HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which updates the 1965 Voting Rights Act in light of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling which invalidated ...
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Why do Republicans want tax cuts but also increase government spending and reduce deficit?

When I studied political economy in college, in the first lecture of one of my first courses, I was told that the entire duo-field of politics and economics essentially boils down to the distribution ...
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Do any Republicans support impeachment of the president, or said what it would take for them to support it?

Impeaching the president is a popular topic among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support. ...
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Ted Cruz's “natural-born” citizenship qualification for the Presidential run

There's a commotion about Ted Cruz getting sued (1) per Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (2) on the basis of that being exactly what disqualifies his eligibility to run for President of the ...
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Have Republicans ever complained about gerrymandering in the United States?

I have heard a lot of outcry about gerrymandering voting districts. I know there was a book by David Daley as well as the pending case in Wisconsin declaring the voting districts unconstitutional. ...
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Why is the Republican majority greater in the US House of Reps than in the Senate?

Currently, Republicans control both houses of the US Congress. What's surprising to me is that their majority is greater in the House of Representatives (57%) than in the Senate (54%). I think that ...
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Being “registered” as Democratic/Republican/Independent vs being a party member

I was following online media during last year's primaries, and noticed anchors and commentators discussing people's "registration" as Democrats, Republicans or Independents (never for other parties ...
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What is the procedure for choosing a new Republican candidate for the US presidency if the nominee withdraws or is removed?

What is the procedure for choosing a new candidate for the Republican party in a US presidential election in the event that the party's nominee withdraws or is otherwise removed from candidacy prior ...
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What are the obligations/duties of “a Democrat” vs an independent? (US House/Senate)

Over the past two years we've heard media discussions regarding whether various political figures should "run as Democrats"/"Republicans"/"Green"/other parties, or "run as independents", for the US ...
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Why are certain views/values amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?

I don't know how to explain my question but basically I don't follow politics much and for instance can't really tell the difference between liberal/conservative vs Democratic/Republican, but recently ...
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Do any Republicans oppose banning bump fire stocks?

A bump fire stock, also known as a bump stock, is a device that effectively turns a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon, also known as a machine gun. Automatic weapons are banned in the ...
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Ballpark estimate of how much was spent on legal fees to oppose the Green Party recount?

There's been some cost-conscious press regarding the Green Party's "Recount2016" campaign, in which $7.4 million was raised -- but not much press about how much was spent by political parties, PACs, ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

K Dog commented: You should see what Baltimore has done to exclude GOP voters I dunno... What, if anything, has Baltimore done to exclude Republican voters? Bonus goalpost moving addendum: If ...
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Are there any atheist politicians in the Republican Party (GOP)?

I haven't seen any non-religious Republicans. Is it a present qualification for politicians running on the GOP ticket to be religious?
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Has the Republican party ever requested a recount on democratic presidential wins?

Has the Republican party ever asked for a recount on presidential votes? If so, do you have any examples?
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Why did Trump win all 50 delegates in South Carolina?

Why did Trump win all 50 delegates in South Carolina? I understood that none of the primaries so far were winner takes all, and yet Trump took all 50 delegates with around 35% of the vote. How? ...
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How to run in the Republican primary against a Republican incumbent for US House?

How can I register as a candidate to run in the Republican primary against a sitting Republican congressman? Is it in the State's Election Board jurisdiction or does the Republican Party decide who ...
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Can Ted Cruz and John Kasich still win delegates in upcoming state primaries?

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, like many Republican candidates before them, have suspended their presidential campaigns this week. I'm curious about the upcoming state primaries. Will they still be on ...
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Can candidates give delegates?

For example, can Marco Rubio and Kasich give delegates to Ted Cruz in order to defeat Donald Trump?
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Was Ted Cruz the only 2016 Republican candidate who's completely against government subsidies for private companies?

After doing some preliminary research on the 2016 Republican field about their positions on subsidies I'm left with the conclusion that Ted Cruz is the only reliably anti-subsidy candidate. Even Rand ...
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What is the evidence for a top-down Southern Strategy?

According to Wikipedia, “In American politics, the Southern Strategy refers to a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to ...
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How is PredictWise so certain that Ted Cruz has absolutely no chance to win the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses?

This website seems to be able to predict who will win the 2016 Presidential Election. But their results are very strange: Ted Cruz only has 1% chance of winning! But in most national polls Ted Cruz ...