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In Virginia, signs Ken Cuccinelli is the 'Comeback Kid'
http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/30/2013 | By PAUL BEDARD

Posted on 10/30/2013 9:23:39 AM PDT by Maelstorm

Two new polls sure to shake up the Virginia gubernatorial race suggest that longshot Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is mounting a last minute comeback, prompting front-runner Terry McAuliffe to bring in a big gun to keep his hopes alive: the original Comeback Kid, former President Clinton.

A new Wenzel Strategies survey of likely voters suggests a 1-point race, with McAuliffe at 41 percent and Cuccinelli at 40 percent. Other polls have given McAuliffe a double digit lead.

But Wenzel echos a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showing McAuliffe’s lead shrinking to just 4 points.

What’s key about the Wenzel poll is that it built a turnout model based on how Virginia actually votes, weighting the sample at 28 percent Democrats, 26 percent Republicans and 46 percent independents. “This reflects the swing-state tradition of Virginia that has lately leaned toward Republicans in statewide, non-presidential years, but has tilted to the Democrats in recent presidential elections,” they said.

“This reflects a slight tightening of the race,” added Wenzel.

The pollsters suggested that Cuccinelli's assault on the unpopular Obamacare is helping his case to Virginians. McAuliffe, who has embraced Obamacare, is spending the week campaigning with his mentor, Clinton, in a bid to get his side excited and show up at the polls next week.

Clinton and McAuliffe have been desperately urging voters to join their bid. "Terry needs us," Clinton pleaded in an email. "No one is running for president this year and we're still a year from the midterm elections. So some people might be tempted to think this election is less important than last year's. Don't be one of those people," added Clinton.

Most polls have found that voters are turned off by the gubernatorial race and generally don’t like the candidates.

The Wenzel Strategies survey shows voters are split on both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli. While 45 percent said they have a favorable opinion of McAuliffe, 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. For Cuccinelli, 47 percent hold a favorable opinion, while 50 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2013polls; cuccinelli; mcauliffe; va2013
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1 posted on 10/30/2013 9:23:39 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends


VOTE FOR Ken Cuccinelli - GOVERNOR VIRGINIA!


2 posted on 10/30/2013 9:26:21 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Maelstorm

Unless it’s +7 or more, he’s within the margin of theft and has no chance.


3 posted on 10/30/2013 9:28:18 AM PDT by Armando Guerra
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To: Maelstorm

Obama-care rollout is over-shadowing the shutdown,

“Why is my insurance being cancelled???”


4 posted on 10/30/2013 9:31:39 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: Armando Guerra

We need rain and aggressive poll-watchers filming with cell phones.


5 posted on 10/30/2013 9:33:33 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Maelstorm

Fine looking family. After the polls last Nov. I won’t believe anything until all the votes are counted. Afraid of the cheating though.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 9:35:07 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: onyx
In the late 1990s, some of McAuliffe's business ventures came under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, which filed suit against two labor-union officials, both of them with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers pension fund, for entering into questionable business arrangements with McAuliffe.

Both officials later agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties for their actions, and the union itself had to reimburse its pension fund by nearly $5 million.

In one deal, McAuliffe and the fund officials created a partnership to buy a large block of commercial real estate in Florida. McAuliffe put up $100 for the purchase, while the pension fund put up $39 million. Yet McAuliffe got a 50-percent interest in the deal; he eventually walked away with $2.45 million from his original $100 investment. In another instance, the pension fund loaned McAuliffe more than $6 million for a real-estate development, only to find that McAuliffe was unable to make payments for nearly five years.

In the end, the pension fund lost some of its money, McAuliffe moved on to his next deal, and fund officials found themselves facing the Labor Department's questions.

...and libertarians are willing to put him in office by siphoning votes from Cuccinelli

7 posted on 10/30/2013 9:35:33 AM PDT by Baynative (I meant to write a different story in my diary. But that's life, I guess.)
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To: Maelstorm

Rasmussen today shows a significant tightening as well. Last week, McAuliffe was ahead by 17, today it’s 7. It’s all about the Big Mo now! KC is finally drawing blood against Fast Terry the Bagman.

Maybe there’s a sliver of hope yet.


8 posted on 10/30/2013 9:36:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Maelstorm

Hoping for a little Mark Levin show bump in the next few days. He was great on there last night.


9 posted on 10/30/2013 9:38:48 AM PDT by tn_cruzin
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To: Maelstorm; onyx

“...longshot Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ..”

Why is he a “longshot”???

One would think with the disaster of Obamacare looming over every democommie’s head, this would be a slam dunk for Cuccinelli and every other Republican running...


10 posted on 10/30/2013 9:40:23 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: ScottinVA

I was called by Rasmussen last night on this race.


11 posted on 10/30/2013 9:48:27 AM PDT by mrs9x
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To: mrs9x

Very cool! I think another FReeper took a call from them too!


12 posted on 10/30/2013 9:57:17 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ScottinVA

Hampton University poll out today has it McAuliffe 42, Cuccinelli 36, Sarvis 12.

D35/R33/I32

Sarvis is taking 6% more republicans compared to last month’s poll while just 2% more democrats.

Roanoke poll is all over the place. It was McAuliffe +5 last month and now its up to +15 with Sarvis taking 10%.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 9:58:47 AM PDT by tn_cruzin
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To: Maelstorm
I HOPE Cuccinelli wins, but I think it's gonna be tough with that damn "Libertarian" siphoning off votes from Cuccinelli.

Hope I'm wrong...

14 posted on 10/30/2013 10:00:23 AM PDT by nutmeg (I don't always speak to Obama voters. But when I do, I order fries...)
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To: onyx

I think Hillary’s VP will be one of these:

DeVal Patrick (aka Baraq Jr)
Cory Booker (aka Baraq III)
NJFatboy (aka media bipartisan orgasm)


15 posted on 10/30/2013 10:03:13 AM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: Baynative; onyx
...and libertarians are willing to put him in office by siphoning votes from Cuccinelli

Yup. If that "Libertarian" wasn't in the race, I would be far more confident of a Cuccinelli win.

I really think this is the democRATs' new strategy in a lot of these races: Throw in some 3rd party guy to siphon votes from the Republican. It's been working like a charm for several election cycles now...

When will the GOP get smart and start putting up "Green" candidates??

16 posted on 10/30/2013 10:03:18 AM PDT by nutmeg (I don't always speak to Obama voters. But when I do, I order fries...)
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To: ScottinVA

Had a business trip to Quantico, VA, yesterday. Drove up from the Tidewater area, through the heart of the 1st Congressional District, which is typically an R+6 region (or better). Support for Cuccinelli seems to be very strong, and it looks like he will run ahead of Romney last year. He needs to pull at least 60-65% of the vote in the corridor running from Yorktown up to Fredericksburg, and up his margins in places like Virginia Beach.

The Old Dominion is a strange place, electorally. Look at last year’s presidential results and you see a sea of red, but all the Dims have to do is carry the DC suburbs handily, and carry places like Norfolk, Newport News and metro Richmond.

Cuccinelli still has a ways to go, but I’m feeling better about this race. He needs to keep hammering McAuliffe on Obamacare, and it would be nice if he could run some last-minute TV ads reminding voters that his latest surrogate (Barry O) is the architect of this disaster, and the Clintons tried to implement a similar mess 20 years ago.


17 posted on 10/30/2013 10:10:45 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: ScottinVA

I’d say Oloser is hurting Fast Terry. His healthcare debacle is getting worse and worse.

If Cooch pulls this out, I’ll be grinning all the way to 2014.


18 posted on 10/30/2013 10:12:50 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: ScottinVA

I’d say Oloser is hurting Fast Terry. His healthcare debacle is getting worse and worse.

If Cooch pulls this out, I’ll be grinning all the way to 2014.


19 posted on 10/30/2013 10:15:06 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Is there any way we can get to Sarvis and have him bow out? Maybe that’s where our energy should be directed? Ask him to encourage his supporters to vote for Cuchinelli?


20 posted on 10/30/2013 10:49:19 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Sarvis is a pro abortion, pro tax, pro open borders liberal. His goal is not the advancement of liberty but the advancement of Sarvis.


21 posted on 10/30/2013 10:52:36 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

I would think that is where a Rand Paul might help. He could come in and address the lib contingent about the importance of supporting cooch over the big gov Obamacare, NSA, IRS dems. We need to start hanging this stuff in the dems. Young people especially don’t like this stuff. Make sure they know who is responsible.


22 posted on 10/30/2013 10:59:00 AM PDT by redangus
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To: Armando Guerra

Come on Armando; that is so demoralizing. Give us some hope Bro.


23 posted on 10/30/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: txhurl

For the past few days; weather.com has said there is only a 10% chance of rain in VA.


24 posted on 10/30/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Baynative

Are the “likely voters” of VA aware of all this?


25 posted on 10/30/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: austinaero; All
Is there any way we can get to Sarvis and have him bow out?

Have Ken offer his a government job in the State House. Is that illegal? I don't think so.
26 posted on 10/30/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: austinaero

Maybe Cuccinelli’s own actions & words can try to “sway” libertarian voters? You ever think that might be decent strategy?

It’s always something with you paranoiacs. Oh, it’s voter fraud. Oh, it’s absentee ballots being disallowed. Oh, it’s George Soros. Oh, it’s those darned libertarians. Oh, it’s this. Oh, it’s that.

It’s never possible that the R candidate is just not running a good campaign. Nope, anything but that.


27 posted on 10/30/2013 12:46:20 PM PDT by JoeTheGeorgian
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To: nutmeg

I think most of the GOP will come home on election day. I see more and more coming home every day.


28 posted on 10/30/2013 1:20:43 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: Maelstorm

BTTT!


29 posted on 10/30/2013 1:26:51 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: NFHale

The only reason we are in this spot is because McAuliffe has been allowed to outspend our candidate with out right lies claiming he wants to ban birth control etc which is just not true. Ken Cuccinelli even before he entered politics was a regular volunteer at women’s centers, and he when in college established one of the first groups on campus to help increase campus sexual assault awareness. Ken is prolife and pro family but he has never been a rigid ideolog which is how he is being portrayed. People are waking up. I’ve been going door to door nearly every day the past two weeks and will be volunteering this evening on the phones. What I’ve been seeing is red Virginia highly motivated to vote for Cuccinelli. McAuliffe hasn’t even fielded volunteers in our area that I have seen. He is focusing primarily on NVA and Ken has made up some group in the DC suburbs in the latest polls. Sarvis is the big unknown. How many GOP vote for him could make the difference.


30 posted on 10/30/2013 1:26:55 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: HokieMom

Thanks!


31 posted on 10/30/2013 1:27:49 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: Armando Guerra

“Unless it’s +7 or more, he’s within the margin of theft and has no chance.”

Uhhm, I assume you’re not from VA?

Let me tell you how it is. There are a lot of good things about the Commonwealth and some not so good things. One of the good things is that our elections are relatively clean by national standards. Virginia is one of the few states and perhaps the only one that requires a SSN to vote. And they do check the voter rolls against social security records of those who have died. It’s tough to register your dog and dead grandmother to vote here.


32 posted on 10/30/2013 1:29:51 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: austinaero

“Is there any way we can get to Sarvis and have him bow out?”

No. If he pulls out of the race at this point I believe he has to pay a rather hefty fee. There are a lot of people in VA who self-identify as libertarian. That’s just the way it is.


33 posted on 10/30/2013 1:32:44 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: JoeTheGeorgian

“It’s never possible that the R candidate is just not running a good campaign. Nope, anything but that.”

Ain’t that the truth. Cooch should have had this thing wrapped up months ago and it’s looking like if he does win, it’ll be in a squeaker.

No nice way to put it: he’s run a crappy campaign. He still might win, but if running a crappy political campaign was a crime he’d be in jail right now.


34 posted on 10/30/2013 1:36:19 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: ScottinVA

Yes it does. I still think Ras is assuming too high Dem turnout but I also think the Q poll may be assuming just a little too generous turnout for GOP. The Q poll shows that if the GOP that are going Sarvis return to Cuccinelli the race is tied. There was another poll Hampton University which shows a 6 point race but the trend is pretty clear. The overall trend on RCP is a tightening of the race and the majority of the polls internals show that Ken’s voters are casting a positive vote for him versus McAuliffe whose strength is those casting votes against Cuccinelli. That will be a problem on election day for McAuliffe.


35 posted on 10/30/2013 1:38:22 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: Din Maker
Apparently not. Or, they don't care.

It's also funny that McAuliffe is basing his campaign on health care for women and women's rights and he has serial perpetrator of female abuse Bill Clinton campaigning for him down there.

36 posted on 10/30/2013 3:11:20 PM PDT by Baynative (I meant to write a different story in my diary. But that's life, I guess.)
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To: Maelstorm

-— The pollsters suggested that Cuccinelli’s assault on the unpopular Obamacare is helping his case to Virginians. McAuliffe, who has embraced Obamacare -—

Beat this one issue into the ground. It’s how Brown won in MA.


37 posted on 10/30/2013 3:18:35 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: jwalsh07

-— Sarvis is a pro abortion, pro tax, pro open borders liberal. -—

How do we know he isn’t taking votes from McAuliffe?


38 posted on 10/30/2013 3:23:12 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

He is. Definitely but not as many as from Cuccinelli. Libertarians are overwhelmingly male. Women are a significant majority of democrat voters. I’d say 70-30 would be the repub/demo share of Sarvis’ voters. But that’s just a guess.


39 posted on 10/30/2013 4:02:31 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Maelstorm

Prayer. Prayer. Prayer.

Skip a meal, fast, and pray for Ken. Just one meal: put off the flesh and supplicate to the Almighty for this nation and state.


40 posted on 10/30/2013 7:11:08 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: onyx
Your Vote for Cuccinelli wins the Trifecta!

You Vote for the new Governor of Virginia.

Your Vote is a referendum against Obama and Obamacare.

Your Vote is a vote against the Clintons.

VOTE for Cuccinelli and be a Winner!

41 posted on 10/30/2013 9:09:58 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Cuccinelli needs to keep hammering McAuliffe on the Obamacare debacle....w/ last-minute TV ads.....McA’s pals the Clintons tried to implement a similar mess 20 years ago....but were shot down b/c of the secrecy Hillary employed.

McAwfull has ten times the funds that Cuccinelli has——so start the avalanche of contributions to Ken....

CUCCINELLI DONATION WEB SITE—click here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/FkzOS94c/Ken-Cuccinelli-for-Governor/nav-bar


42 posted on 10/31/2013 6:00:09 AM PDT by Liz
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The race seemed to tighten when Rand Paul came to VA and told libertarians to vote for Cuccinelli....and not for the libertarian spoiler, Sarvis. Ron should tell Sarvis to throw his support to Ken. Sarvis has no chance of winning. Sarvis is only enabling Clinton/McAuliffe to run rampant over Va....now....and in 2016.

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Wheeler-dealer McAuliffe is ogling the VA treasury ....and the conniving Clintons are having wet dreams about Terry fixing the Va vote for Hilly come 2016. VA voters who vote for McAuliffe are making a deal with three devils.

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(Snicker) the "dearly departed" are also McAuliffe voters.

TERRY, THESE GHOULISH THING REMIND ME OF YOU McAuliffe is apparently polling well---and prolly receiving mucho campaign cash---from the "dearly departed" b/c a lawsuit Democrats filed says “the [VA State Board of Elections] is rushing to complete the purging of dead voters in time to have the desired effect on the upcoming gubernatorial election.....to make sure that those who no longer live here don’t vote here."

(cackle) The "dearly departed" are also Hillary voters. Terry is 2016 Hillary's place-keeper. If elected, grave-robber Terry will fix the vote---dead or alive---for Hilly. (That's after he rapes the VA state treasury.)

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DEAD AND READY Another shady example of how the connected ex-DNC chair, Obama suck-up, and Clinton confidant, mixes business with politics to profit himself....with the dead and near-dead as his victims.

<><>McAuliffe apparently lied to VA voters---according to McAuliffe's campaign, he invested $33,000 in the notorious Caramadre death fund and received $80,000 in return, a $47,000 profit. However, documents submitted in Caramadre's trial by federal authorities indicated that McAuliffe's profit was actually $114,000, or $34,000 more than McAuliffe admitted to voters.

<><> According to official RI court records, McAuliffe’s connection to Caramadre came to light via court records linking McAuliffe’s investment directly with the terminally ill, ailing mechanic; official forms identified them as "acquaintances" (apparently a requirement to allow McAuliffe to cash in).

<><> When the irrefutable court records surfaced, McAuliffe’s campaign then said McA did not know the mechanic and doesn’t know why they were listed as "acquaintances."

<><> NOTE: if official files were falsified to profit McAuliffe, that's a felony in any state.

43 posted on 10/31/2013 6:02:28 AM PDT by Liz
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To: RKBA Democrat

I hope you are correct about Virginia. The last 5 years has me very cynical.


44 posted on 10/31/2013 12:48:14 PM PDT by Armando Guerra
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To: Maelstorm

Haha look at that pic. And the left is selling the DUMMIES on the War on Women meme. Voters are by and large blithering idiots.


45 posted on 10/31/2013 1:17:55 PM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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