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Even elite campaign aides still aren't sure why Donald Trump succeeded

Even elite campaign aides still aren't sure why Donald Trump succeeded

Baffled at times and often bitter, more than two dozen of the country’s top political operatives grappled with questions that have dominated American politics for 18 months: What explains Donald Trump’s astonishing political success and what, if anything, could they have done to stop it?

Campaign managers for Trump’s defeated Republican primary rivals blamed their losses on media coverage they saw as unfair. Aides to Hillary Clinton talked of racism, sexism and what they saw as unprecedented interference in the election by FBI Director James B. Comey.

Trump’s own aides cited a feckless inability of the other Republicans to mount a serious campaign...

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