Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., speaks on Oct. 22, 1977, in Atlanta. A political scientist says the GOP has suffered some missteps in its outreach efforts to certain voters since at least the time of Dole. AP hide caption

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Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, and other House Republicans talk about their "Pledge to America"; Sept. 23, 2010. L-R: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-IL; House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-VA; Boehner; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA;, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press hide caption

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