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Obama likely to face primary challenge in 2012: GOP strategist

Members of President Obama's party unhappy with his military policy choices, especially in Afghanistan, could mount a primary challenge against him, says Republican strategist Bill McInturff.

Republican strategist Bill McInturff speaks to reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast Thursday morning in Washington.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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President Obama is likely to face a primary challenge for the 2012 Democratic nomination from members of his party unhappy with his military policy choices, especially in Afghanistan, says a Republican strategist

“A primary is, I think, more than likely,” says Bill McInturff, a partner in the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. Mr. McInturff, co-director of the NBC News-Wall Street Journal Poll, was an adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He spoke at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Thursday.

McInturff noted that in election night exit polling, people who expressed disapproval of US policy in Afghanistan “were voting overwhelmingly Democrat.” That unhappiness could be coupled with a potential negative response from Democratic voters as Obama tries to find common ground with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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