State Republican parties mired in dysfunction

By By STEVE PEOPLES

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State Republican parties from Alaska to Maine are mired in dysfunction, but GOP leaders say help is on the way.

Plagued by infighting and deep ideological divisions, several state Republican leaders have been forced out or resigned in recent months, and many state GOP parties face financial problems and skeptical national leaders.

The conflicts highlight the tug of war over the GOP's future as national leaders work to improve the party's brand. At the same time, the problems raise questions about the GOP's ability to coordinate political activities in key battlegrounds before next year's elections.

Democrats are not immune to such problems, but the conflicts on the Republican side highlight the internal wrangling over the GOP's future as national leaders work to improve the party's appeal.

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