With Mitch Daniels out, GOP's hopes now turn to Jeb

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Mitch Daniels’ overnight decision …will immediately raise the volume on the low-hum grumbling among Republican insiders that they’re gearing up to face President Obama with the weakest primary field in recent memory, writes Jonathan Martin. The pressure on a handful of Republicans who’ve insisted they won’t consider running but would be potentially strong alternatives to Mitt Romney will now significantly intensify, but the ultimate beneficiaries of Daniels’s absence may be two candidates already on course to run: Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

…Daniels’s exit means that Republican donors, operatives and elected officials aren’t likely to keep taking no for an answer and will surely attempt to convince one of the would-be candidates who’ve already rebuffed entreaties to reconsider. Given the ties many of these GOP professionals have to the Bush family, that means there will almost certainly be another effort at Jeb Bush.

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