Republican Candidates Face Contention Over Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage, Obamacare

Two major Supreme Court rulings have reshuffled the GOP presidential primary, shooting domestic and social issues to the top of the debate and leaving the candidates to grapple with an increasingly liberal general electorate.

The rulings in favor of Obamacare subsidies and same-sex marriage sparked a flurry of responses from the White House hopefuls that ranged from forthright anger to carefully crafted messages of acceptance, providing some insight into the strategies the crowded field plans to employ on the campaign trail.

“It’s a conundrum,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “If a given GOP candidate takes too strong a position on same sex marriage to please the base and win a primary, they face a reckoning down the road when they have to win over independents or disaffected Democrats” in November.

Polls show calling for the repeal of Obamacare is a winner among GOP primary voters, but carries less appeal with other voting blocs.