2012 Presidential Election
A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows.
After Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.
President Obama’s highest approval ratings for 2012 came from his birth state of Hawaii and his current home in Washington, D.C.