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Shrinking field

With such a large field of Republican presidential candidates entering the primaries, some have wondered whether Republicans could face a brokered convention in July.

Most experts think that’s unlikely. Josh Putnam, a political science lecturer in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs and author of the blog Frontloading HQ, doubts the large field of candidates will remain intact.

“If past is prologue, we’re likely to see the field winnow fairly quickly, down to three, four candidates, maybe even two, through the month of February,” said Putnam, who studies presidential elections and the rules governing the party nominations.