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GOP future: Today's RNC forum

USA Today previews the RNC chair race, as well as today's candidate forum in DC.

CQ reports that RNC chairman Mike Duncan "has told Republican insiders that neither he nor any other of the five candidates in the race will have the 85 votes needed to win outright when RNC members cast ballots during the winter meetings that run Jan. 28-31... Duncan is 'in the lead' but short of the necessary votes, according to a committeeman who is concerned about the optics of keeping Duncan at the helm after electoral losses." 

Who will emerge to lead the Republicans out of the darkness? Another Bush? So says George H.W. Bush, who said he'd like to see younger Jeb in the White House. "I mean, right now is probably a bad time because we've had enough Bushes in there," he said. "But no, I would. And I think he's as qualified and able as anyone I know on the political scene."