Republican National Committee to examine what happened in 2012 campaign, including Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, to learn lessons for future races

WASHINGTON _ The Republican National Committee is launching an investigation into what happened during the 2012 campaign cycle, including a look at why Mitt Romney lost his campaign for the presidency and what can be learned from how President Obama and other Democrats ran their races.

Members of Romney’’s staff are slated to be interviewed as part of the investigation, although it is not yet clear if Romney himself will participate. The RNC will also examine what happened in other races in which it played a role. Hundreds of people are expected to participate, the RNC said.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who is seeking another term, announced Monday that he is forming a committee that will examine a number of areas that were crucial during the campaign, including the execution of the field organization’s “ground game,” messaging, fundraising, demographics, and lessons learned from the Democratic campaigns.

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The post-mortem is called “The Growth and Opportunity Project” in hopes that it will lead to a new strategy that will expand the Republican electorate and produce victories in future campaigns.

“The Growth and Opportunity Project will recommend a plan to further ensure Republicans are victorious in 2013, 2014, 2016 and beyond,” Priebus said in a statement.