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Will the GOP civil war cost them the White House?

2016 may seem far away, but just as it seems that football season is never over, campaign season is already underway.

This weekend, Republican heavyweights gathered in Iowa for the Freedom Summit – which is basically like the GOP’s version of week one on the “Bachelorette” – where first impressions matter, making friends doesn’t, and the rose is the bid for the White House.

From Sarah Palin’s claim that the government is “too big to succeed” to Scott Walker’s moment in the spotlight, the Iowa Freedom Summit gave us an inside look at some of the Grand Old Party’s rumored front-runners for 2016.

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But will the victory in the 2014 midterm elections carry over to presidential campaign season? Will Republicans, like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — who are more moderate on issues like immigration — be handicapped by GOP members further to the right? Can a GOP candidate who could win the general election even make it out of the primaries?

MORE: Did Senator Joni Ernst break the GOP State of the Union rebuttal curse?

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Huffington Post reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, political analyst and Forbes contributor Carrie Sheffield, and National Journal correspondent Lucia Graves to discuss.

Will the GOP civil war cost them the White House?

2016 may seem far away, but just as it seems that football season is never over, campaign season is already underway.

This weekend, Republican heavyweights gathered in Iowa for the Freedom Summit – which is basically like the GOP’s version of week one on the “Bachelorette” – where first impressions matter, making friends doesn’t, and the rose is the bid for the White House.

From Sarah Palin’s claim that the government is “too big to succeed” to Scott Walker’s moment in the spotlight, the Iowa Freedom Summit gave us an inside look at some of the Grand Old Party’s rumored front-runners for 2016.

RELATED: Is abortion the new gay marriage? How the social issue is starting to divide Republicans

But will the victory in the 2014 midterm elections carry over to presidential campaign season? Will Republicans, like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — who are more moderate on issues like immigration — be handicapped by GOP members further to the right? Can a GOP candidate who could win the general election even make it out of the primaries?

MORE: Did Senator Joni Ernst break the GOP State of the Union rebuttal curse?

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Huffington Post reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, political analyst and Forbes contributor Carrie Sheffield, and National Journal correspondent Lucia Graves to discuss.

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