Karl Rove: Long primary has been 'negative' for Republicans

"I think, overall, you'd have to say that the scales have moved from the long process being a positive to being a negative," he said on Fox News.

Having said that, Rove echoed Barbour's comments about the GOP's strength relative to President Obama.

"Given the fact that the Republicans are cutting each other — it's an unpleasant picture to look at — the president ought to be, as Haley said, soaring in the polls, and he's not."

On Sunday, Barbour warned:

“I don’t think anybody in their right mind thinks that this way the primaries have played out has been good for the Republican chance."

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