ATLANTA — The candidates who stepped forward to enter the Republican primary offer more diversity than Democrats may be willing to acknowledge.

After Mitt Romney’s loss to a president with high negative ratings during a weak economy, the Republican National Committee conducted what came to be known as the autopsy, which warned that demographic changes could spell the end of GOP prominence. The prescription offered by the authors was diversity and outreach.

Of course, the strongest outreach is done with good candidates, making the candidate qualifying period as crucial as Mark Richt’s recruiting for the Georgia Bulldogs’ football success. The quality of the walk-on players also speaks volumes about a team’s perceived prospects since everyone wants to wear the jersey of a winner.  

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