RNC Autopsy Could Have Unintended Side Effects in Early Primary States

Another GOP strategist who helped run both of Mitt Romney's campaigns in New Hampshire, Jim Merrill, was also positive about the report, calling it both "comprehensive and thoughtful" and that it "addresses many of the challenges that we saw on the ground over the past year."

"From my perspective in New Hampshire, the report very clearly recognizes the importance of our state's first in the nation primary, both historically and looking ahead to 2016 and beyond," Merrill said.

"To win New Hampshire's primary, a candidate has to earn it every day," he said. "There is no better proving ground for candidates to test their mettle, along with their ability to connect with voters and build a winning grassroots team. The RNC's proposal to condense the primary period to some degree -- only after the early 'carve-out' states like New Hampshire first perform their vital functions -- makes sense, to avoid a rerun of 2012's long-slog primary process."

As with anything on either side of the aisle, not all Republicans will agree with every element of the RNC report, but those on the ground defending their states, as well as those working for less well-financed candidates, will be among the first ones to know whether these changes are realistic as well as helpful for the party.

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