God help any Republican aspiring to break out of obscurity in the 2016 presidential race.
Sure, there have been dark horses who have emerged in the past: Few people knew who Mike Huckabee was before the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses and a handful of southern primaries in 2008. Similarly, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain wasn’t exactly a household name before his meteoric rise (and equally abrupt fall) during the 2012 race. There are limits, of course — it’s salient that neither man ended up being his party’s nominee.
Next year’s race…
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