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The invisible 2016 primary...revealed
The invisible 2016 primary...revealed

This early stretch of presidential campaigns used to be known as the invisible primary. The action — would-be candidates drawing up strategies, courting donors and recruiting aides — occurred beyond the sight of ordinary voters. Only it's not invisible anymore. The sheer cost of winning a nomination — Mitt Romney spent more than $105 million two years ago — means serious candidates need to start early, well before they formally declare their intentions. Just as in the business world, there's an advantage that goes to the “first mover,” the first credible entrant in any competition. And by that standard, we already have two winners of the...

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