Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P.

LOS ANGELES When gloomy Republican Party leaders regrouped after President Obamas 2012 re-election, they were intent on enhancing the partys chances of winning back the White House. The result: new rules to head off a prolonged and divisive nomination fight, and to make certain the Republican standard-bearer is not pulled too far to the right before Election Day.

But as the sprawling class of 2016 Republican presidential candidates tumbled out of their chaotic second debate last week, it was increasingly clear that those rule changes from limiting the number of debates to adjusting how delegates are allocated have failed to bring to the nominating process the order and speed that