by Dr. Ed Berry
Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center wrote an insightful article “The Four Faces of the Republican Party” in February 2014. His review of the national Republican Party helps us understand the Montana Republican Party.
According to Olsen, Republicans fall into “four rough camps,” with approximate composition shown in parentheses:
- Somewhat Conservative (40%)
- Moderate to Liberal (30%)
- Very Conservative but Secular (10%)
- Very Conservative Evangelical (20%)
While the group percentages vary slightly among the states, they have been very consistent over many presidential elections. Each group supports very different types of candidates. [Read more…]