Republicans have lost three major fights since 2009. They seem likely soon to lose a fourth—and all in the same way. -

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  • Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

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  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (center)

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  • Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)

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  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

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  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

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  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

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  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

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  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

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  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

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  • Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

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  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)

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  • Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

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  • Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) (Right)

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  • Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.)

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  • Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.)

    (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

  • Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) (Bottom Right)

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  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

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  • Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.)

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  • Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)

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  • Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)

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  • Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)

    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.)

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  • Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.)

    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

    (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R)

    (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)

    (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)

    (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)

    (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)

    (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R)

    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

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  • Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.)

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