RNC showcased update, while losing image remains


WASHINGTON (AP) — Dueling faces of a conflicted political party were on display for all to see at the just-concluded Republican National Committee meeting.

One was younger, more diverse and tech-savvy, part of the RNC's carefully crafted plan to inspire confidence that the party is growing beyond its shrinking, older, largely white base. The other hasn't evolved since the GOP's back-to-back presidential losses. It lurked in the hallways and at times took center stage at the Washington hotel where party delegates from around the country met to discuss party business.

The reminder of division comes a year after Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) published a report aimed at modernizing the party to boost its ranks, and as Republicans eye their best chance at taking control of both houses of Congress since 2002.

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