The GOP's top donors are trying to rig the 2016 field. Here's why it won't work.

Wealthy Republicans want to coalesce around a single candidate ahead of the 2016 election. But recent history shows that voters won't let them.

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Just a few weeks after the GOP's midterm triumph, the party establishment seems intent on proving that it hasn't got a clue. The New York Times reported on Monday that wealthy donors are already eager to rally around a single candidate ahead of the 2016 primaries. But this misguided attempt to clear the field ignores the current political temperament, and the lessons learned from both parties over the last two presidential cycles.

Nicholas Confessore reported that Republican donors are disconcerted that the 2016 primaries may offer too many options for the presidential nomination — in particular, too many for the center-right wing. The favored candidates among GOP bigwigs are Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, and the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. The big bundlers worry that an internecine fight will damage the GOP's ability to focus on the presumed Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

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