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GOP split is 'real possibility,' FreedomWorks CEO says

The Republican Party could splinter if GOP leaders lose the 2016 presidential election, says FreedomWorks CEO.
Tea Party supporters rally against Obama healthcare legislation during the third and final day of legal arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Washington
Tea Party supporters rally against Obama healthcare legislation on the sidewalk during the third and final day of legal arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012.

There is a "real possibility" the Republican Party could divide into two groups if GOP leaders don't win the 2016 presidential election, the CEO and president of FreedomWorks said Friday.

Matt Kibbe responded to an analysis article published Thursday in the Washington Times that stated the party will go "the way of the Whigs" and formally split into a moderate party and conservative party if the GOP loses the next presidential election.

"You're seeing this clash between the new generation and--to me, it's not just the old wing of the Republican party versus the new wing--you're really seeing a disintermediation in politics," he said Friday on C-Span. "It's already happened with the Democratic party. It's happening with the Republican Party now. And grassroots activists have an ability to self-organize, to fund candidates that they're more interested in, going right around the Republican National Committee and the senatorial committee."

"Everything is more democratized, and Republicans should come to terms with that. They still want to control things from the top down, and if they do that, there will absolutely be a split," he added.

Freedomworks is a conservative advocacy group that recently urged Republicans to vote against the deal that eventually ended the shutdown on Wednesday night.

Sixty-percent of Americans believe the country needs a third political party because the Democrats and Republicans aren't performing sufficiently, according to a recent Gallup poll.

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