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Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a 'two-man race'
thehill.com ^ | mar. 2012 | Daniel Strauss

Posted on 03/09/2012 2:41:53 PM PST by VU4G10

Rick Santorum suggested that the Republican presidential field is shrinking to just two candidates.

Santorum's comments come as he and his supporters increasingly suggest that the former Pennsylvania senator would benefit from Newt Gingrich dropping out.

"So we feel pretty good that it's now narrowing to a two-person race," Santorum said in an interview with Bloomberg TV set to air Friday. "We've been competitive."

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1 posted on 03/09/2012 2:41:55 PM PST by VU4G10
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To: VU4G10

He’s right, a MIssissippi win in Gingrich’s own backyard, would end this fiasco. The three-man race has given us Romney wins in AZ, WA, MI, and OH.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 2:44:45 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
a MIssissippi win in Gingrich’s own backyard, would end this fiasco.

Just like a Tennessee win did?

3 posted on 03/09/2012 2:49:11 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: VU4G10

One wonders what Romney’s plan is for when the conservatives unite behind either Santorum or Gingrich? There has to be a Phase 2 with two varients depending on who remains.


4 posted on 03/09/2012 2:52:47 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Tallguy
One wonders what Romney’s plan is for when the conservatives unite behind either Santorum or Gingrich?

His plan will be to change format from "$$$ and cheat" to "cheat and $$$".

5 posted on 03/09/2012 2:54:57 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: VU4G10
My God, does all this man do is whine?
I hate it when 0bama whines, I didn't like it when Newt did it.
Man up!

So Newt should just drop out because it would make life easier for Santorum? Great lesson to teach there.

BTW, Newt is ahead in delegates too, but let's not let that fact get in the way of Santorum’s reasoning.

Linky no worky either.

http://thehill.com/video/campaign/215231-santorum-gop-presidential-field-looks-to-be-shrinking-to-two-person-race

6 posted on 03/09/2012 2:56:58 PM PST by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: VU4G10

Santorum should drop out. He will be an electoral disaster.
Gingrich can beat Obama.


7 posted on 03/09/2012 2:57:46 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Steelfish

I am from Al. Newt is surging in the latest polls today , in both states. He is campaigning all over both states. Romney’s superpac is smearing Santorum and Newt on the air.
Not seeing Romney or Santorum much as far as campaigning. Newt is campaigning in the Montgomery market more than anywhere else.


8 posted on 03/09/2012 3:06:46 PM PST by rightnews
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To: VU4G10

Star light,
Star bright,
First star
I see tonight

I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Have this wish
I wish tonight.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 3:12:19 PM PST by Toespi
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To: rightnews

I hope the folks in Mississippi and Alabama are smarter than the voters in Tennessee were. We had a lot of early voting that began during Santorum’s surge.

There were a few calls on local talk radio where some of those voters wished they had voted for Newt once his message got out more on gasoline prices.

Thanks for your post and I hope to hear more from you as you keep an ear to the ground for us.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 3:16:06 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: rightnews

Just curious, what lines of attack is Romney using in his ads against Newt now?


11 posted on 03/09/2012 3:22:53 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: VU4G10

He’s right about that, it’s shrinking to Romney/Gingrich, only Santorum doesn’t know it yet.
Gingrich will experience a big surge in the near future.
Someone’s got to capture a percentage that is greater than
Romney’s....which has never been above 40%, as far as I know.
It’s all a matter of which primary voters down the line, start to separate themselves from the currently inexplicably popular
Paul and Santorum, and decide to go with the real contenders,
ROmney and Gingrich. Neither Paul nor Santorum voters seem to be the type to go for Romney,but it could happen if they get riled enough at Gingrich. This should ALREADY have been
a two-man race.Correct me if I’m wrong.


12 posted on 03/09/2012 3:27:45 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

I’m a Santorum guy, but I think you’re right. Gingrich is probably going to rebound a second time now that the southern primaries are here. I also think that neither is particularly disciplined when it comes to staying on message. But I give the edge to Gingrich on the basis of quick-thinking and sheer ability to articulate his ideas.


13 posted on 03/09/2012 3:31:37 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: conservativejoy
I will never understand voters who vote early. Unless something would prevent me from going to the polls, sickness, out of town, etc., I would never vote early.

I ENJOY going to the polls of the primary day and casting my vote for my candidate, for me there is a real joy in doing that. Then too, I don't wind up with buyers remorse.

Had my brother and sis in law voted early it would have been for Rick. Well, they got their heads on straight and voted NEWT GINGRICH, they finally saw the light, that Newt is the only one that can beat Obama. THE ONLY ONE.

14 posted on 03/09/2012 3:38:09 PM PST by annieokie
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To: JediJones

Romney’s superpac is using the same ads we’ve seen every where else. The Newt and Nancy sitting on the couch ad and the Santorum talking about earmarks and bridge to nowhere ads. I have not seen any Newt or Santorum ads.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 3:46:49 PM PST by rightnews
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To: annieokie

That is wonderful news about your brother and his wife. Kudos to you as I’m sure you had a part in that.

I am the same way about voting on election day. Even though, my state did not go with Newt, I had the honor of voting for him and all of his delegates. :)


16 posted on 03/09/2012 3:47:40 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: VU4G10
Santorum needs to get out of the race. He does not have what it takes to be President at this point in time. GO NEWT GO!
17 posted on 03/09/2012 3:53:49 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

No one will ever convince a man with the self-inflated opinion of himself that Rick has to get out of the race. Anyone who describes himself using the word “courage” is very puffed up underneath that sweater vest.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 4:00:59 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Tallguy

For “sheer ability to articulate his ideas”, NO ONE in the current crop, or any past crop I can think of, can hold the tiniest birthday candle to Gingrich. He’s ready to go on ANYTHING at the drop of a hat. Some are turned off by this
“policy wonk” quality of his, but I’m not—it just means he’s
PREPARED..


19 posted on 03/09/2012 4:01:54 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

That’s like being turned off by Tim Tebow being able to talk expertly about football, Tiger Woods being able to talk expertly about golf, or Steve Jobs being able to talk expertly about computers. What kind of ignorant, clueless moron would think being smart enough to talk about issues is a turnoff?


20 posted on 03/09/2012 4:06:20 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: rightnews

Here in AL someone is running ads against Newt that talk about his getting fined $300k for House ethics violations. I assume it’s a Romney PAC of some sort but maybe it’s Santorum. Whoever it is, it’s pretty disgusting, and it’s got me ready to crawl over broken glass to vote for Newt on Tuesday. The only Newt ad I’ve heard is a montage of various folksy sounding folks saying stuff. In the first half of the ad they say stuff like Mitt is a flip-flopper (”I don’t know where Romney stands”) and is out of touch (”not the type to pump his own gas”), then in the second half they praise Newt (”he’ll stand up for our beliefs”, “Newt is smart..we need smart”).


21 posted on 03/09/2012 4:09:04 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

that was the filth that willard used in florida, the line was Newt resigned in disgrace. It is horrible. There should be an outcry against that ad, it is so outrageous.


22 posted on 03/09/2012 4:13:30 PM PST by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: conservativejoy
Not sure if I had any influence, but they do have a tendency to know I know what I am talking about.

They are real christian right, and that was the only reason they backed Santorum. As though his Christianity & morals on social issues were going to change the ECONOMY in the slightest. That is all the man has, after that he is vacant.

So, Bro decided that was not enough for this election. We need a fighter like NEWT who knows how to pack the punch.

Newts past problems, Forgiven. If we don't get the Economy back on track and in the right direction there will be nothing left of America to worry about.

Lets tackle the social issues later. However the American people are just to far down the drain and breeding more like themselves, to speak about moral issues is redicilous in an election. There is no law that will MAKE people moral. You either ARE or ARE NOT. That's called parenting. I don't need a Presidential Preacherman.

23 posted on 03/09/2012 4:17:22 PM PST by annieokie
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To: conservativejoy; All

Newt is advancing into the first leg of his Southern Strategy - MS and Alabama. This may be the most critical time since the campaign started. He MUST win both of these states to continue on successfully. Please, this weekend, and through Monday, try to make as many calls as you can into both of those states.

I was on the ground in SC, on the phones, and door to door. There were almost 10,000 calls made in SC the last 2 weeks... and the last 2 or 3 days, you could feel the momentum changing on the phones... Earlier, it was maybe 2 Newts out of 10, and by the day before the vote, it was 8 out of 10 for Newt. You could feel the change, and it happened very quickly in the final 72 hours. Newt went out of his way to salute the phone call and grassroots efforts in SC... please... please... there is still time to call for Newt, and get involved for Newt...

From Newt 2012: friday

Field and Phone Leaders, CALLING ALL HANDS ON DECK!!
Our national phone team has successfully called through the original 18,000 volunteer sign-ups. This has resulted in a refined list of volunteer prospects for all 50 states. In 3 weeks our national call team has increased by 300%, or 50 new people per week.

Our increased call capacity will help us now begin to make calls into “Super Tuesday” states or those close by that can assist and or deploy to active states.
... YOU CAN NOW CHOOSE THE STATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL
http://newtsnetwork.com/ (click Make the CAll in upper right hand corner)

NOTE: The list filters itself by time zones. It will not show you California at 10am Eastern Time because that is 7am Pacific Time and too early to call there. Once a state’s call list opens up the state name will be added to the dropdown list for you to call. (And in the reverse, Eastern Time Zones will be removed from the list as the night wears on.)

This new reality will enable us to be highly flexible in how we operate and target prospects for GOTV and or volunteer recruitment.

Please disseminate this information to your call teams and volunteer lists.

Thank you


24 posted on 03/09/2012 4:17:39 PM PST by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: JediJones

Well, somebody as amazingly well-researched as Mark
Steyn, for one. I was totally surprised to see a recent piece of his in which he mocked Gingrich for all his ready-made policy answers for everything, his “plans”. I actually wasn’t able to read the whole thing, it was so unexpected. For him, this was a WEAK point of Gingrich’s. He was a fan of Bachmann’s as I remember.


25 posted on 03/09/2012 4:19:41 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

If Santorum drops out, it is all over. If two of every three Santorum voters switch to Newt, rather than go to Romney or drop out of voting, Gingrich would still trail Romney in the polls. 14G + 20 (of S’s 27) = 34. Romney is at 37.

Two thirds of Newt’s polled voters switching to Santorum would put Santorum barely ahead, at which point the 11 point group that keeps swinging to the person who appears best able to beat Obama would likely switch back to him.


26 posted on 03/09/2012 4:23:13 PM PST by Ingtar
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To: supremedoctrine

Steyn has been over-the-top against Gingrich since day one, I think he is just getting desperate or maybe he has said about every negative thing he could about Newt. I truly believe Rush has him on to do his antiNewt dirty work.


27 posted on 03/09/2012 4:24:07 PM PST by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: JediJones
That is a good analogy. I sure want the smartest there is. When needing financial advice, I wouldn't go to a pawn shop.

Newt is just a SMART genius, and I want smart. What do people want, for him to hide his smarts under a barrel?

Wonder what these people would say about Einstein today, "Oh he's just arrogant and very unpreppy?/s

28 posted on 03/09/2012 4:26:50 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Tallguy
One wonders what Romney’s plan is for when the conservatives unite behind either Santorum or Gingrich?

Probably take Biden's place.

29 posted on 03/09/2012 4:41:00 PM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: South40

Actually, Newt got more bound delegates in Tennessee than Rick did. Rick had no slated delegates here.


30 posted on 03/09/2012 4:43:01 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: JediJones

“Just curious, what lines of attack is Romney using in his ads against Newt now?’

Bishop Willard is emphasizing Newt’s ‘baggage’ while touting the god-sperm’s own moral excellence. He is also attempting to portray Newt as a pro-abortion accomodationist, a Green kook, and a Big Washington Insider.

His smears on Santorum are much the same, trying to paint him as pro-abortion, without core convictions and a moral coward because of his compromises in DC.

These are per the radio spots. I don’t have a TV, and would promptly execute one if I did.


31 posted on 03/09/2012 4:47:51 PM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Govenor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: conservativejoy
-- Anyone who describes himself using the word "courage" is very puffed up underneath that sweater vest. --

Dan Rather was what came to my mind. "Courage".

That, and Courage the Cowardly Dog - but at least he's genuinely fake, plus funny.

32 posted on 03/09/2012 4:47:51 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: VU4G10
Santorum's comments come as he and his supporters increasingly suggest that the former Pennsylvania senator would benefit from Newt Gingrich dropping out.

The only one Ssntorum's presence in this campaign season benefits is Barack Obama.

But, what does Ricky care about that?!

33 posted on 03/09/2012 4:48:46 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Parley Baer

“Santorum needs to get out of the race. He does not have what it takes to be President at this point in time.”

He does not have what it takes to get out either. He is too small a man. My respect for Governor Perry doing the right thing is profound, but few politicians have enough humility to take such a step.


34 posted on 03/09/2012 4:54:44 PM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Govenor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Psalm 144

Romney is one of the most revolting indidviduals to ever run for political office. I don’t know what will become of this country if our only choices are between him and current reprobate occupying the White House.


35 posted on 03/09/2012 4:55:11 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Yardstick

“Here in AL someone is running ads against Newt that talk about his getting fined $300k for House ethics violations. I assume it’s a Romney PAC of some sort but maybe it’s Santorum.”

The radio spots I heard that tracked that way were from the inanely named “Winning Back Our Future” PAC, which is Bishop Willard’s creature.


36 posted on 03/09/2012 4:58:07 PM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Govenor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Cboldt

I thought about the Cowardly Lion from Oz.:)


37 posted on 03/09/2012 4:58:34 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: annieokie

“When needing financial advice, I wouldn’t go to a pawn shop.”

Depends on which side of the counter you’re on.


38 posted on 03/09/2012 5:02:20 PM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Govenor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Tallguy

“Neither is paticulariy disciplined when it comes to staying on message.”

Well that’s a first. Of everything said about Newt, staying on message is his best attribute. He never, never lets anyone interrupt him, change the subject or allow someone to get the best of him. Sorry, but can’t let you clump Gingrich in with Santorum on this topic. Rick owns that alone.


39 posted on 03/09/2012 5:05:49 PM PST by Toespi
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To: conservativejoy

Agree on all points. I cannot and will not vote for such vile men as Lightworker Hussein or Bishop Willard. I do not expect much of any politician, but I will -not- knowingly assist an evil man’s ascent to power.


40 posted on 03/09/2012 5:06:30 PM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Govenor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: sillsfan
My God, does all this man do is whine? I hate it when 0bama whines...

I find Santorum shares a lot of irritating personality quirks with Obama and the whining is one of them.

41 posted on 03/09/2012 5:08:51 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: VU4G10

Santorum is right , His campaign would benefit from Newt dropping out .

Newt would benefit if Santorum dropped out.

They would both benefit if Paul dropped out,

Why isn’t santorum asking Paul to drop out, paul hasn’t got a Chinaman,s chance anyway, but nobody is asking him to drop out. Why?


42 posted on 03/09/2012 5:09:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: true believer forever
“I truly believe Rush has (Mark Steyn) on to do his antiNewt dirty work.”
_______________

I think you're correct in that assumption. Rush clearly is no friend of Newt. Using Steyn as his “hatchet man” allows Rush plausible deniability.

(I still listen to Rush as I enjoy his humor and get a kick our of how he skewers the Dems; same/same w/Steyn; whose columns I have also always enjoyed ...I just do so knowing that whatever they say will be weighted against Newt and mentally filter the content accordingly.)

43 posted on 03/09/2012 5:10:11 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Venturer
Why isn’t santorum asking Paul to drop out, paul hasn’t got a Chinaman,s chance anyway, but nobody is asking him to drop out. Why?

My assumption is that would be seen as alienating the hip, young crowd. At least that sounds like something a campaign adviser would say.

44 posted on 03/09/2012 5:11:05 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

Post #43; “our” = out


45 posted on 03/09/2012 5:11:41 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Future Snake Eater

Hard for me to understand why the hip young crowd would be for an old loon like Paul.


46 posted on 03/09/2012 5:12:54 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

47 posted on 03/09/2012 5:15:27 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Psalm 144

Mittsky trying to portray THEM as pro-abortion makes my blood boil. I don’t think even Obama would try to do that.


48 posted on 03/09/2012 5:24:45 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: All

More Delegate issues for Santorum now in Alabama.

http://www.capitalfreepress.com/4856-santorums-alabama-delegate-issues/


49 posted on 03/09/2012 5:43:53 PM PST by Bailee (Santorum vs Santorum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELbCuLEe7Sw)
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To: Bailee

Sad that he was ever considered viable. He’s not read for primetime.


50 posted on 03/09/2012 5:45:49 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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