Opening the primary to unaffiliated voters doesn't mean losing control of the nomination process. The key is for the party to begin endorsing candidates in the primary. Doing so would help Republicans recruit better candidates who would have the promise of institutional backing. This endorsement should be the product of a convention, similar to the ones conducted in Virginia, which host nearly 10,000 delegates. It would take time for Maryland Republicans to attract so many to a convention, but they could begin with central committees and their chartered club members participating. Endorsements would give registered Republicans, clubs and the central committees more authority, relevance, value and input in the outcome of the nomination, and the process would expand the grassroots of the party.