"They will vote for the best TV candidate."
"If they are smart, they'll make Thune the face of the Senate."
"Barrasso is most capable of disrupting Obama's final two years without coming off as too brash to the public."
"Blunt is the only one of the group with the organizing savvy to pull it off."
"Blunt is acting more and more like a unifier of the Republican Party."
"The majority of the caucus wants a deal-cutter — he is the ultimate deal-cutter."
"A legislator's legislator."
If McConnell does not return as leader, who is most likely to succeed him?
REPUBLICANS (84 VOTES)
John Cornyn: 48%
John Thune: 27%
John Barrasso: 4%
Roy Blunt: 14%
"Cornyn failed twice as NRSC head and was rewarded with a promotion. What's the name of that principle?"
"He has worked his way slowly and respectfully to the top. And he can raise money. Game over."
"Cornyn has become an increasingly well-regarded behind-the-scenes player, helping his colleagues and piling up favors."
"Republicans like to reward seniority."
"Cornyn has the best creds both in terms of leadership and as a solid conservative."
"The best mix of new conservatives and old-school Senate."
"Cornyn is the logical choice, but El Diablo Cruz lurks in the shadows to ensure that will not happen."
"He's smart, articulate, attractive, and sane. A great combination to possess for a party with the face of the angry white male."
"Cornyn is a good guy, but if McConnell is defeated it will be time for a new generation."
"He's sufficiently conservative, intelligent, and ambitious. Plus potentially the consensus choice."
"Having served in the House leadership, he knows the drill. He's been quietly effective in the Senate."
"Wide open. Only thing certain — it won't be Ted Cruz."
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