Politics Live with The Fix: Bernie Sanders has dropped out. What's next for the 2020 presidential race?

Apr 09, 2020

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It's a new day in the presidential primary, after Bernie Sanders exited the race, making Joe Biden the presumed Democratic nominee.  You chatters have been full of theories the last few weeks about who Biden will select to fill out the ticket; Aaron Blake wrote yesterday on who makes the most sense. 

We are still, of course, watching out for how the politics of coronavirus is playing out. President Trump this week has trained his ire on the World Health Organization, and Amber Phillips delved into why they are his target and whether Trump's gripes are legitimate. Trump and the task force acknowledged this week that the virus is hitting African Americans particularly hard. Eugene Scott is looking at why that might be, and earlier this week explained why the latest recommended preventative is causing worries for some black men. 

JM Rieger and Aaron are also keeping an eye on staff changes at the White House: There's a new press secretary, but Kayleigh McEnany was already on the same page as Trump when it comes to the coronavirus. 

See you at noon. 

Bernie Sanders is leaving his name on the ballot, despite suspending his campaign. Does this mean that Democrats will have to hold primaries regardless of the fact that Joe Biden is the only candidate?

It's a good question. The primaries were due to happen regardless of candidates dropping out, but there's a real question of how necessary they are now. Sanders staying on the ballot means he could still get the 25% of delegates he needs to have input on the party platform, so he'll want to see those contests move forward. If the primaries are outright canceled, you can bet there will be grievances/allegations.

Did you notice things started to go bad for Bernie after de Blasio endorsed him?

That's an interesting take. Personally, I think De Blasio's endorsement had zero impact on the Sanders campaign. It would be interesting to see some data on how many people even know that the mayor backed the lawmaker.

There are moments when I wonder if endorsements are even relevant anymore. And then something like the Clyburn endorsement happens, and I am reminded that SOME endorsements matter.

I don't think even I remembered that de Blasio had backed Bernie Sanders!

Why did Democrats have such a recruiting fail in both Georgia Senate races? Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn, and Stacey Abrams would all be a lot better than the candidates in either Senate race.

So, publicly, Senate Democrats will say they have competitive candidates in at least one Senate race. The other was a surprise when Johnny Isakson retired. But I've talked to some national Democratic operatives privately who agree with you, they haven't proven they can make Georgia competitive yet. Stacey Abrams, who came close to winning that state's governor's race in 2018, decided not to run. And from there, well, it's Georgia. Democrats don't have a deep well of candidates to pull on -- yet, they say.

Why all the sudden love for a governor who has been in office for a little over a year?

1. Biden has said he'll pick a woman.

2. Michigan is hugely important to who wins the presidency.

3. She received plaudits for her 2018 campaign, in which she turned aside a progressive primary opponent and then won handily in the general election.

Biden has significantly culled the list of possible running mates by saying it will be a woman. Even as Democrats have more women in high-ranking positions, there still isn't gender parity.

But it's worth adding that the situation in Michigan is deteriorating. You do wonder if some governors like Whitmer will even be in a position to step aside from their day jobs come the fall.

There are other candidates on the ballot (senator, congressman, state & local legislatures) besides the presidential candidate, so I think we still need to hold the primaries. Preferably by mail.

This is a good point. The question might be whether they can be held in time for the delegates to register. There's a June deadline for that (though that might be relaxed now that the convention has been pushed back a month).

It's not difficult to see some of these states wanting to postpone the primaries under after the convention deadline, to increase the chances of holding one. That's the real issue.

But as I learned last week in exploring vote-by-mail, it's hard to set up. You need to spend $500,000 to $1 million on new machines to count all those ballots. You need to redo your ballot and work with the Postal Service to make sure it all fits in an envelope. You need to educate our voters. This can cost states millions, and the secretaries of states I've talked to say Congress hasn't given them nearly enough to get this started.

Right now, only five states have vote-by-mail, and they spent years setting it up.

Why do you think Bernie chose this particular time to suspend his campaign?

Coronavirus. Before it became clear that Americans would be forced to stay at home for awhile, Sanders was saying his campaign would continue. But I think after voting in Wisconsin was such a disaster on Tuesday, he realized he couldn't keep the Democratic primary going when the party and country needed to focus on coronavirus. 

Sanders odds of winning the nomination were also dropping with each contest he lost. By dropping out now, he maintains potential leverage for shaping the party's platform at the Democratic convention this summer.

Hi everyone -- thanks for being here in these incredibly challenging times. Ms. Haley recently wrote a column essentially throwing her former state governor colleagues under the bus for their criticism of Trump's handling of COVID 19. Alongside that, there's been the occasional speculation that, since Biden plans to select a woman for his VP pick, Trump will do his own bus throwing and replace Pence with Haley. What do you think?

I really doubt Trump would dump Pence at this point -- unless he felt he needed the kind of hail mary that McCain threw in 2008. 

It's clear, though, that Haley has made a calculation pretty similar to many future would-be GOP presidential candidates to bear-hug Trump.

Have you heard any exit polling/results for that Wisconsin judge race?

The results won't be official/announced until Monday.

I'm firmly in the camp of Amy Klobuchar or Catherine Cortez Masto as VP for Biden. A lot of the DC establishment seems to presume it should be Kamala Harris. But she strikes me as the easiest for Trump and the GOP to demagogue -- "San Francisco liberal" and didn't pursue the death penalty for a copkiller. Exploiting preexisting concerns from middle America about politicians from that area and raising an issue (death penalty), where most of the country is on the opposite side Harris's position. What is the case for Harris as VP?

Harris will bring diversity to the ticket that was lacking in 2016 -- which surprised many in the Democratic base after diversity was a key part of the ticket in 2008 and 2012.

I think Harris is viewed as popular with the Democratic base. There were multiple pieces featuring voters -- particularly black voters in the South -- who said they wanted to support Harris but just didn't believe Harris could beat Trump. Choosing Harris -- which Biden may not do -- would allow these voters to feel like they got the best of both worlds.

It's also worth noting that for as much as we talk about swing voters as presumably white independent voters who go back and forth from the GOP to the Democratic party, there is some data that says a large swing group is actually black voters who go back and forth between voting for the Democratic Party and not voting at all. I imagine that Biden's camp is taking this into consideration.

 

How long until we get results for the state Supreme Court race?

Edit from my previous answer: So, as Aaron said, the results should be announced Monday. But there could be lawsuits over missing ballots, ballots not mailed to people in time to submit them by Election Day and a bunch of changing last-minute rules that confused voters. More than 1 million voted with absentee ballots, which could take awhile to count. 

How soon will it come? Will it be handled on a split screen since they can't stand together on a stage and hold up their hands over their heads? How active do you think the President and Mrs. Obama will be in the actual campaign?

The endorsement is perfunctory at this point, and I'm not sure how much it matters how it's handled.

The real question is how much the Obamas campaign for Biden. They are popular, but Trump also relishes using them as a foil.

Sen. Sanders, who is not a member of the Democratic Party, says he wants delegates to influence the party platform. Does that mean he wants to include his far left ideas, that failed in the primaries, to burden Joe Biden with views he didn't support - to make it easier for Pres. Trump to win? I don't get it.

Well, I don't think Sanders nor his supporters would put it that way. But, yes, Sanders did say in his video-taped speech announcing the end of his campaign that he would be holding onto his delegates (hence why he's "suspending" his campaign rather than just ending it), and that he would try to use that leverage to push Democrats' 2020 platform further to the left. But Biden vociferously opposes Medicare-for-All, so I don't know how much traction Sanders is going to get on that front.

I think Sanders -- and perhaps more specifically Sanders's supporters -- think that Biden needs to embrace more of the lawmaker's values if he wants to defeat Trump. What doesn't get acknowledged often is that Biden will arguably be the most progressive Democratic nominee in history. There's an argument to be made that Sanders's movement moved Clinton left and it moved -- and is moving -- Biden even more left.

But expecting Biden to embrace all of Sanders' losing ideas is unrealistic. Voters had a choice between Biden's vision for America and the one put forward by Sanders. They overwhelmingly chose Biden's. It does not make much sense for Biden to embrace policies that most Americans -- Democrats and Republicans -- have voted against if he wants to win.

It's not mentioned as much as the "blue wall" states or Florida, but Ohio did vote for Obama twice - albeit narrowly - yet is now viewed as only barely a swing state. I have seen sporadic polls of Biden marginally ahead there, for what little that's worth at this stage. What happened in Ohio that has moved it, supposedly, much further to the right in recent years? Are there population shifts or demographic changes underway? Thanks.

We've seen similar in Iowa, which was once a swing state, and obviously other Midwestern states swung a bit right in 2016. You do have to wonder if Biden being from PA might make him a stronger candidate in Ohio than your average Democrat. But I doubt Ohio is going to be vital for the Democrats' majority math. There were seven closer Trump states in 2016 -- even Georgia!

The Post's Dan Balz wrote earlier this year about how the electoral map could be the smallest in years because previous states like Ohio or Iowa are moving to one direction politically, while states like Nevada or Colorado the other.

You could argue the only true swing states for the presidential election, as far as winning the Electoral College goes, are Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

Since the current administration has proved the worthlessness of the position, why does it still exist? No press briefings and basically a campaign shill being paid by the US taxpayers.

I think you'll see McEnany driving a message on TV more than you saw from Grisham. There's nothing requiring them to do briefings -- even as we'd like to have that opportunity to ask questions -- and there are functions that take place behind the scenes, though. So I'm not sure it's fair to say Grisham did nothing because she didn't do briefings or much TV. (She was also notably the communications director.)

I don't understand the conventional wisdom of prioritizing a black woman for VP. Biden is already very popular with blacks. If you want to play identity politics, we've already had a black president. It seems like winning the midwestern states would be a much more crucial challenge to address. Picking Harris over Klobuchar/Whitmer feels like picking Joe Lieberman over Bob Graham in 2000.

Well, perhaps a black woman from the Midwest is an option!

I think 2016 showed the Democratic Party that just because you have a lock on the black voter doesn't mean that black voters will always show up in the numbers that are needed to win. Black voters did not show up in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Michigan (Detroit) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in 2016 like they did in 2008. Had they, maybe things would have been different for Clinton. And had Clinton chosen a VP who could convince black voters uncomfortable with her past on issues like the crime bill, maybe she would have gotten more black votes. Instead she picked someone that her team hoped would improve her standing with white men - a group she was particularly weak with.

There's also this idea that swing voters are white former Trumpers in red states. That is true sometimes. But there's another group of swing voters that are often overlooked -- black voters who swing between voting for Democrats and not voting at all. The Biden camp appears to be aware of this and is doing all they can to turn out that group.

It's clear that Biden already has Klobuchar on his team. He's likely looking for someone who can bring over more voters who aren't completely on board.

So much for over-sight and accountability.

So, Trump didn't fire this inspector general I think you're referring to. (He did fire another one who handed over the whistleblower complaint to Congress.)

Trump removed IG Glenn Fine from the chair of a panel of inspectors general who will oversee the $2 trillion in coronavirus relief. He didn't say why, but we don't have to do too much digging to guess: When asked several weeks ago what kind of oversight he'd like for this bill, Trump said "I'd be the oversight." I'm not sure what Trump saw in Fine's background that made him suspect. Fine served under 3 administrations, including the Bush one.

(That bill also calls for Trump to nominate a new inspector general to see just the business-loan part, and Trump has nominated a White House lawyer for the job.)

Can they please stop broadcasting these live? (I get it, FOX will continue.) They're campaign rallies until the medical professionals are on stage. How much time are they going to give Biden in return? Zero? If anything meaningful comes out of these "events", that's what reporters are for.

Whether to air the daily White House coronavirus news briefings is tricky terrain, given President Trump's proclivity for false and misleading claims at them.

If news outlets air them live, critics accuse them of airing dubious or false claims. If news outlets do not air them live, they risk missing news or key coronavirus announcements from White House medical advisers.

Some cable news networks have tried cutting in and out of the briefings, which comes with its own issues. Still others like CNN have recently aired Trump's remarks in full only to cut away when his medical experts take the podium.

Ultimately, when the president speaks it is often news, but how to responsibly report on that news is something news outlets continue to grapple with.

Have any Senators or Governors enhanced their standing with their response to the pandemic? Tarnished it?

A fair many governors have seen their approvals rise. I did some scavenging recently:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R): 80 percent

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D): 87 percent

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D): 76 percent

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D): 60 percent

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R): 73 percent

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D): 74 percent

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D): 68 percent

Many others haven't yet seen quality polls.

How would it work? Does Biden give his acceptance speech from his house?

I guess so? 

The results of a presidential nominating convention are rarely in doubt, so the purpose of these conventions is moreso to rally the party's faithful just a few months before Election Day, and to introduce that candidate to voters who might just now be paying attention. A four-day convention with big speeches every night will guarantee news coverage for your party, your candidate and your platform. 

So if we get to August and it's difficult-to-impossible to have large groups of people (in either the Democratic or Republican convention), they will surely find a way to do it virtually. But will all of that magic be lost on a video stream? Biden is doing speeches and interviews from his rec room in Wilmington, Del., and struggling to break through as much as Trump giving hours-long, daily press briefings at the White House.

One poll shows that 16% of Sanders voters will vote for Trump now that Bernie is not on the ticket. What do you think of that percentage?

It's similar to what the number said at this point in 2016. In a May Post-ABC poll back then, 20 percent of Sanders backers said they'd vote for Trump in the general election.

Depending on which survey you believe, the ultimate number was between 6 and 12 percent.

That's obviously a significant chunk, but the number is bound to decline at least somewhat as people get past hard feelings from the primary.

Can we talk about Donald Trump saying it's fine for him to vote by mail, but that the rest of the country can't be allowed to do so because Republicans will lose? Appreciate the coverage the Post has already done on how the GOP opposes allowing people to cast their ballots safely - please keep beating this drum!

Yeah, this came up in Tuesday's briefing, when Trump, without evidence, said mail voting is corrupt. I don't think Trump has a clear answer yet on how the two are different, except for scale. As I wrote then:

Reporters pointed out that Trump has voted by mail, by absentee ballot, in his adopted state of Florida. His response: “Sure, I can vote by mail. Because I’m allowed to. That’s called out of state. You know why I voted? Because I happened to be in the White House and I won’t be able to go to Florida to vote.”

A reporter pressed Trump on what was different between mailing in an absentee ballot and mailing in a regular ballot. Trump responded by throwing out an unfounded theory about voter fraud: "You get thousands and thousands of people sitting in somebody’s living room, signing somebody’s ballot."

Not asking for a prediction here, but isn't it more generally the case that presidents' poll numbers - in a recession or other crisis - tend to decline gradually over time, rather than all at once? IIRC, Bush ended his 2nd term in the low 30s, but it took a full four years to get there, no?

It general does take many weeks, at the least. One thing to consider here, though, is that Trump's approval has been very steady throughout his presidency. He got a limited bump, and polls this week suggest it may have already subsided. But I wouldn't necessarily count on it declining further -- unless and until his base starts being disillusioned with his coroanvirus response, which hasn't happened yet.

Any word on whether Trump has gone golfing at Sterling, VA.? There was a story in the Post about a fleet of golf carts being rented for delivery there, but I wonder if you know whether Trump either postponed his outing, or went surreptitiously. LINK: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/amid-virus-outbreak-secret-service-signed-contract-to-rent-golf-carts-at-home-of-trump-club/2020/04/01/86d249fe-7449-11ea-85cb-8670579b863d_story.html

Trump has not visited his golf club in Sterling, Va. since October, per Post reporting.

While Trump has golfed five times since the first publicly reported covid-19 case in the U.S., he has not golfed since early March.

Do you think they will happen this fall? I can't see that they would help either Trump or Biden. But I confess I would love to see Pence on stage with Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar.

I'd imagine they would, if at all possible, happen. But that depends on if and when there's another outbreak in the fall and how prepared the nation is for it.

I realize NYC is the nation's media capital and compared to Trump he sounds like Churchill, but why all the sudden media love for Cuomo when (A) he was not considered popular before and (B) NY has struggled with its COVID response. If any governor seems to have enhanced his future presidential prospects it seems it should be California's Gavin Newsom whose early action seems to have dramatically reduced the number of COVID deaths that would be expected in the nation's most populace state (and he seems to have resolved the PG&E bankruptcy in his spare time) but he's not getting nearly as much buzz. Why?

I'd wager part of it is indeed the regional thing. Reporters out here are not only largely based in NY and DC, but we don't pay close enough attention to what's happened in California.

I also think it's worth noting that the New York Times just did a very tough story on Cuomo's response. As will all crises, you're not going to be judged just on the first few weeks; it's the totality of the response. There will be plenty learned about how everyone was actually handling this as the crisis unfolds.

And your point about Newsom is well-taken. If California continues on its trajectory and has a relatively mild outbreak, don't be surprised to see people talking up Newsom.

How can anyone believe any of the infection/death rates reported daily when do many are not included? I am afraid they will reopen the economy based on inaccurate data and this will start all over again.

The Washington Post has reported that the death toll is almost certainly higher than the government tally.

That's why there's a big push, at the federal on down to the local level, to embrace antibody testing to see who may have some immunity to it and thus who can get back to work. But that's a complicated test (being developed now) that would have to be put to use, correctly, on a massive scale.

I'm often surprised by the amount of support Trump has. I'm curious about what it would take for that to drop - large number of coronavirus deaths? Continued stock market losses? Proof of misuse of pandemic funding? Does anyone look at *what* is behind his popularity as it rises and falls?

It's just about impossible to consider what might cause it to drop, considering basically nothing has. It's all guesswork with no big, momentary drops to tie to a specific event.

I fear this will be the ugliest, nastiest, most violent election we have ever seen. Trump and his super PACs will flood the airwaves with the nastiest lies about all Democrats. His supporters will intimidate, threaten, and even attack people trying to vote in swing states and red states. That is what keeps me up at night.

This will be an incredibly competitive general election. There has been reporting to suggest that Trump's team is willing to go all out to defeat Biden by any means necessary. And Democrats eager to prevent Trump from winning a second term have expressed a commitment to pull out all of the stops to do so. How voters respond to this could send a message to future candidates on the effectiveness of this type of campaigning.

Any idea what prompted this move? I thought Trump was relishing his time in the press conference spotlight.

The Post reported this week that the overhaul of the White House communications staff came in part from Trump's new chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

The Post also reported that incoming White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is well-liked and known by Trump and is "willing to be a ubiquitous and unflinching presence on television as the campaign unfolds."

While I understand that Stacy Abrams excites a lot of people, how much does her lack of experience beyond serving in the legislature hurt her?

I continue having a difficult time seeing her as the pick, for that very reason, but national Democrats do like her. I put her on my list of the 11 most logical choices yesterday for a reason -- even as I don't rank her as highly as some others do.

To paraphrase Little Marco, let's dispense with the notion that swing voters = white Midwesterners who go back and forth between the parties. Yes, those folks do exist, but a bigger "swing" group is between voters and non-voters across any two cycles. And that is why Kamala, if you believe she can reverse the 2016 declines in Philly, Milwaukee and Detroit, makes particular sense for Biden.

Turnout matters! Especially when there are fewer and fewer actual swing voters to speak of. I'm sure this is part of the calculation that will be made with the VP pick.

The Post had a good, visual piece on how the lack of black turnout in Philly in 2016 hurt Clinton.

Don't they have to have statewide primaries for down ballot races?

Yep. As I said in the follow-up, though, some of these states might want to move those contests until after the convention, which is when many state primaries are already held.

It's hard to not compare Bernie Sanders with Jeremy Corbyn even though they and Britain have different circumstances. Still I couldn't help but think after the last British general election when Jeremy Corbyn wrote that he had won the argument since a lot of pundits there asked, "If this is winning the argument, what does losing the argument look like?" I mean didn't Bernie Sanders do worst now this time around compared to 2016?

Well, Sanders was able to expand his base a bit in 2020, particularly among Latino voters, which were not his strength in 2016. (He won Nevada's caucuses this time in a fractured field after losing it in a one-on-one race against Hillary Clinton in 2016.)

But overall, he did not expand his base -- nor get those young voters at his rallies to actually go vote -- in any big way from 2016 to 2020. That was particularly damaging to Sanders's electability argument given of all the candidates in the primary, he had the longest lead-up time, given he had been running for president for basically 5 years by the time 2020 voting started.

In 2016, Donald Trump took advantage of massive amounts of free TV time via call-ins to talk shows and the running of his rallies, while Secretary Clinton's airtime usually involved questions about her e-mails. Then Trump won and the media suggested it had learned its lesson. Fast forward to 2020, and the media is giving President Trump free airtime every day to hold quasi campaign rallies. I realize the start of the 1- to 2-hour "briefings" is about the pandemic, but at some point, will the media look back to 2016 and think "not again."

I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that more and more media outlets, from print to cable news, are showing less of the briefings if not none of it. The problem is less about giving Trump a platform -- he's the president in a crisis, after all -- but more about how to avoid broadcasting false or misleading information the president frequently shares.

At The Fix, we watch the briefings and then write up takeaways about what happened specific to the government's response to coronavirus that you need to know.

Do you think three years of Trump makes those non-voters regret staying at home? Trump hasn't exactly been a boon to any of those constituencies that couldn't be bothered to vote for Hillary. Will that factor into their behavior this year?

Turnout for Democrats was up in 2018 -- especially in suburbs -- and in some 2019 state elections. So, it's possible they continue that trend. I do not know what impact a deadly pandemic has on this.

There are governors begging the President for more PPE, ventilators, etc., yet he's talking about supplying these items to other countries. What ever happened to Trump's "America First"? Somehow, it seems more like his transactional approach to making deals.

How medical supplies are distributed amid the coronavirus pandemic is complex.

3M, which is producing needed N95 masks among other items for medical workers, warned that if the Trump administration blocked it from sending supplies to other countries, it could lead to fewer supplies that the U.S. is importing from other countries. There are also humanitarian concerns in helping as many as possible, regardless of where they live, during a global pandemic.

The more pressing issue for states that are struggling to secure medical supplies is that they are bidding against other states, the federal government and in some cases, other countries, for supplies that most governments need. The federal government is also intercepting states' medical supply shipments, redistributing them to undisclosed hotspots in the country. And imported shipments of medical supplies are also being used to resupply private companies, which states are then forced to bid on.

All of this has led to increased prices for medical supplies that are in high demand everywhere. 

What if Joe Biden's running mate swears she won't run future cycles? Does that change anything?

I'm wondering how many people would be willing to serve as VP while promising to never run in their own right. It's a big job, sure, and as we saw with Cheney, they don't always have designs on the top job. But generally the main attraction is that possibility.

Just heard that Pence told CNN that if they don't show his "briefings" in full, the government medical people will be prohibited from appearing on CNN. Can he do this?

The government doesn't have to submit to any interviews it doesn't want to, legally. From a good-government standpoint -- that's a different question. I would argue that CNN's viewers should be getting such important information.

Also, I'm willing to bet this isn't Pence's decision, but rather someone else's.

I heard "High Hopes" on the car radio the other night and it was the first time since maybe Super Tuesday that I had thought about Pete Buttigieg although it was mostly about that dance from his campaign volunteers and then people mocking it.

Remember when the 2020 presidential campaign and impeachment were the biggest stories in politics? They feel so comparatively small and far away now.

I'm wondering where Michael Bloomberg and his PAC have been during the recent coronavirus-dominated phase of the campaign, which is a stage of the campaign that I think Bloomberg has had no apparent impact on.  There are a couple PACs airing ads here and there attacking Trump's mishandling of the pandemic, but at a time when Trump is getting hours of free airtime for nightly propaganda broadcasts, where is the counter-messaging in the form of an onslaught of negative ads from Bloomberg tying the growing hardships of the coronavirus crisis to Trump's negligence, incompetence and dishonesty?

I question whether Bloomberg, even if he did start ramping up spending hundreds of millions of dollars right now for Biden, can be the savior Democrats hope for, given Biden is struggling to break through from his home. 

We are out of time. Thank you for joining us -- stay safe! 

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Eugene Scott
Eugene Scott writes about identity politics for The Fix. He was recently a fellow at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics. And prior to joining the Post, he was a breaking news reporter at CNN Politics.
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