According to a long-time political operative who has no official Party affiliation but only describes himself as an 'independent conservative,' the GOP field of candidates may not be set. "I have a feeling," he said, "that the Republicans may well end up choosing as their candidate someone who has not yet entered the race."
The source has worked for both Republicans and Democrats and considers himself to be a libertarian conservative, although he is not a member of the Libertarian Party. When asked if he were presently working for a candidate he stated, "No, no one who would be considered nationally, that is. I am current working for someone who is running for a local office."
When asked the reasons for his view that someone yet unnamed may enter the race very late in the game and go on to win the nomination, his answer presents a clear dilemma for Republicans elites who would like to 'wrap up the nomination' well in advance of next summer's national convention. Most Republicans voters, according to every poll taken, have not made up their minds about which candidate to support.