Today's political victories could vex GOP in 2016

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 1:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year.

Today's victories could haunt the GOP as the party's presidential nominee looks for support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.

Another crop of Republican presidential candidates will be asked to outline their own plans on immigration. And the Supreme Court's decision to grant some companies religious exemptions to not cover contraception for employees reopens a debate on women's health that tripped up Republicans in 2012.

For more moderate Republican presidential hopefuls, both developments present a familiar conundrum: how to stake out positions conservative enough to appeal to GOP primary voters while not turning off general election swing voters.

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