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Dictatorial polls determine fate of GOP candidates

Dictatorial polls determine fate of GOP candidates

Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates' campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that wags the dog. No longer limited to that informational function, the polls have been used virtually to usurp the process. They will determine who deserves to be listened to, and who not, in Thursday's first televised debate among the top 10 of 17 declared Republicans for the 2016 presidential nomination. The Republican National Committee has decided that only the top 10 contestants, as determined by a composite of national polls by certain news and public-opinion organizations, will be eligible...

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