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Essential Politics: A new lineup on the GOP stage

Essential Politics: A new lineup on the GOP stage

I’m Christina Bellantoni, the Essential Politics host today. Let’s get started.

In an election season as unpredictable as this one, perhaps it’s fitting that the undercard forum of lower-tier presidential candidates has scrambled its makeup. Stranger still, the so-called happy hour debate to take place before the main event will include two sitting governors and the guys who were runners-up to get the Republican nomination in 2012 and 2008.

The earlier meeting of hopefuls, kicking off at 4 p.m. Pacific, includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,...

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