No sitting senator has ever been elected president when running against the incumbent. Moreover, in every war no challenger has ever been elected president (Americans "don't switch horses in midstream").
e the People would have to change who we are before we go against the hard-earned wisdom we've ingrained in ourselves over ten generations. Just as we elect no sitting vice president to our nation's highest office unless he's serving under a legendary president like Andrew Jackson or Ronald Reagan, our tradition and custom of re-electing incumbent presidents whenever they're challenged by sitting senators is an inalienable part of that destiny which Americans themselves have invariably chosen for this nation since her birth.
To show this fact, the offices held by presidential candidates who received electoral votes after ratification of the Twelfth Amendment (which requires distinct ballots for president and vice president) are listed below.
- Columns: Year - presidential election year (italicized if during a war and the incumbent was running for re-election), EVs - electoral votes (total), W - winner, L - loser, Vot - votes received (click number to see candidate's biography). Explanation of abbreviations and colors appear at the bottom of the table.
|Year EVs: W Vot; L Vot, L Vot, L Vot, L Vot.|
---- ---- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
2000 538: G 271; V 266, x 001.
1996 538: P 379; S 159.
1992 538: G 370; P 168.
1988 538: V 426; G 111, S 001.*
1984 538: P 525; V 013.
1980 538: G 489; P 049.
1976 538: G 297; P 240, G 001.
1972 538: P 520; S 017, C 001.
1968 538: V 301; V 191, G 046.
1964 538: P 486; S 052.
1960 537: S 303; V 219, S 015.
1956 531: P 457; G 073, L 001.
1952 531: M 442; G 089.
1948 531: P 303; G 189, G 039.
1944 531: P 432; G 099.
1940 531: P 449; C 082.
1936 531: P 523; G 008.
1932 531: G 472; P 059.
1928 531: A 444; G 087.
1924 531: P 382; A 136, S 013.
1920 531: S 404; G 127.
1916 531: P 277; J 254.
1912 531: G 435; P 088, P 008.
1908 483: A 321; M 162.
1904 476: P 336; L 140.
1900 447: P 292; M 155.
1896 447: G 271; R 176.*
1892 444: P 277; P 145, R 022.
1888 401: S 233; P 168.*
1884 401: G 219; A 182.
1880 369: R 214; M 155.
1876 369: G 185; G 184.*
1872 352: P 286; G 042, G 018, G 002, J 001.
1868 294: A 214; G 080.*
1864 233: P 212; M 021.
1860 303: L 180; V 072, S 039, S 012.
1856 296: A 174; S 114, P 008.
1852 296: M 254; M 042.
1848 290: M 163; S 127.
1844 275: G 170; S 105.
1840 294: L 234; P 060.
1836 294: V 170; L 073, S 026, S 014, S 011.
1832 286: P 219; S 049, G 011, A 007, x 002.
1828 261: S 178; P 083.*
1824 261: A 084; S 099, A 041, R 037.*
1820 235: P 231; A 001, x 003.*
1816 217: A 183; S 034.
1812 217: P 128; L 089.
1808 175: A 122; A 047, A 006.*
1804 176: P 162; A 014.
* Election of 1988: Loser's VP running mate received 1 EV for president. 1896: The governor completed his term in January 1896. 1888: The former senator completed his term in 1887. 1876: Because the votes of 4 states were disputed, Congress resolved the matter through an electoral commission. 1868: Three votes for a deceased candidate not counted. 1828: The former senator resigned his seat in April 1825, after serving only two and a half years, and held no office at all between then and the election. 1824: President chosen by House of Representatives, with 13 state delegations voting for the first candidate, 7 for the second, and 3 for the third. 1820: Token opposition (challenger was current member of the incumbent's cabinet). 1808: Candidate elected VP also received 6 EVs for president.
Abbreviations and Colors:
Office held by candidate before election: P - president; V - vice president; A - ambassador or other executive officer (US); S - senator (US); R - representative (US); J - judge/justice (US); G - governor; L - lieutenant governor, state judge or legislator, local judge or other office holder; M - military officer (commissioned by the president); or C - citizen (never held office).
Letter is italicized if the candidate was not serving in that office less than a year before the election. Winning candidate's letter is underlined if he died in office or resigned before the end of his term.
Color of a candidate's letter indicates his party: Republican (Whig, 1836-1852; National-Republican, 1828-1832), Democratic (Democrat-People's, 1896-1900; Federalist, 1804-1816), Democrat-Republican, or other party or independent (Libertarian, 1972; American Independent, 1968; States' Rights Democrat, 1948; Progressive-Socialist, 1924; Progressive, 1912; People's, 1892; Democrat-Liberal Republican, 1872; Constitutional Union, 1860; American, 1856; ind., Antimasonic, 1832; coalition, ind., 1824; National-Republican, 1820).
Any votes not cast by the appointed electors are preceded by an x.
Sources: Electoral College Box Scores; Presidential Elections, 1789-2000; Presidents of the United States of America; USA Presidents; Unsuccessful Candidates for Presidents of U.S.
Our forefathers and mothers knew which candidate in a presidential election would best serve us, our nation and all her people. They realized that a sitting senator is no substitute for an experienced president; and their wisdom has kept us in good stead. Throughout the last century, the only times an incumbent president was not re-elected was when he faced a state's governor or former governor. That's because, as Christopher DeMuth puts it, "governors...are CEOs. Governors have submitted budgets, hired and fired subordinates, presided over public emergencies, called out the National Guard, negotiated public strikes, exercised discretion in the enforcement of criminal and other public laws, and endured a succession of victories and defeats large and small." A sitting senator, by contrast, doesn't run anything more than a committee (if that). Unless he was previously the governor of a state or president of the United States himself, he has no experience whatsoever running an executive branch of government.
In time of war and grave peril, that executive-branch experience is crucial to the survival of our nation. It is not the time for on-the-job training. The decision facing us now in this World War is the same our forebears faced when their freedoms and country's well being were in danger. If you believe our ancestors were not as wise or as smart as us when it came to making that decision, just look around you. We arrived where we are, with our freedoms not only intact but expanded, because of their decisions. Had their decisions not been so wise and smart, you would very well be living in a completely different land where you would likely not even have any choice in the matter of who will or who will not be your leaders.
Americans always pick incumbent presidents over sitting senators. That is our nature. Its core tells us that taking a chance on the latter is, no matter what the times, just too risky. Voters invariably choose the former because they know that that choice is most beneficial not only to each of themselves but to others and to their country.
Related PostsAlso on Liberal Utopia—Issues
With Qerry & Qo. it's both sides fit all:
Ridiqule and Joqes
- Wednesday, November 03, 2004, 10:24 AM | 34Kb
- Qerry's Qoncession Speech
- Since the qandidate himself is miserably failing to give it....
- Monday, November 01, 2004, 4:27 AM | 33Kb
- Terrorists 'know how high the stakes are in Iraq'
- [Qlueless Qerry just doesn't get it.]
- Monday, November 01, 2004, 3:28 AM | 40Kb
- What have you ever done, Qerry?
- For the sake of our nation's freedom and security, this question deserves an answer from him before anyone casts his or her ballot tomorrow.
- Friday, October 29, 2004, 5:27 PM | 35Kb
- Botox shortage blamed on Qerry's facial needs
- While "50 to 80 percent of the cost of most [flu] vaccines is liability insurance"—thanks again to Qerry's Band of TrialLawyers.
- Friday, October 29, 2004, 3:07 AM | 66Kb
- Bob Woodward's unanswered questions for al-Qerry
- Fortunately, a high-ranking official at Liberal Utopia is once again fully prepared to step up to the plate to provide strong and compelling answers to this latest series of unanswered questions on behalf of Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry.
- Monday, October 25, 2004, 5:55 PM | 37Kb
- This Election
- The choice couldn't be more clear.
- Monday, October 25, 2004, 3:30 AM | 38Kb
- President Bush abolished gender apartheid in Afghanistan
- What has Junior Senator John Qerry ever done for women's rights that can even begin to compare?
- Saturday, October 23, 2004, 1:00 AM | 36Kb
- al-Qerry's 'Two Wars'
- The one he's for and the one he's against. [By remarkable coincidence, they both happen to be the same war.]
- Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 4:42 PM | 33Kb
- Heinz-Qerry: Teaching Is Not A 'Real Job'
- Public school teachers and librarians, al-Qerry's second wife believes you don't really work.
- Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 2:28 PM | 33Kb
- John Qerry's Best Friend: The Extortionist Litigator
- As a trial lawyer himself, Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry loves the fact that his pals in the Trial Lawyer Industry™ (the largest block of contributors to his campaign, by the way) are able to pad their pockets by filing harassing lawsuits against the businesses where you work and to do everything they can to wreck our economy at the same time.
- Sunday, October 17, 2004, 9:51 PM AM | 40Kb
- Dhimm in the Mirror
- Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry blames President Bush. Tomstuctionist Daschole blames the Republicans. Al-Sharptongue blames now-murdered "Joooo Interlopers." Dhimmicrats blame America. Without even a sidelong glance, they've all passed through the looking glass.
- Saturday, October 16, 2004, 1:13 AM | 55Kb
- Qerry the do-nothing senator
- Even when al-Qerry wasn't playing hooky from the job the people of Massachusetts hired him for, he still didn't really get much done.
- Thursday, October 14, 2004, 9:30 PM | 37Kb
- Qerry's Qondescending Tone
- "I could care less about the tone in Washington."—Dhimmoonbatic National Chairman Terrorence McAwful
- Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 10:51 AM | 52Kb
- 1944 Presidential Debate
- Tune in tonight for a very special episode of Quantum Leap where President George W. Bush leaps into FDR, Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry into Thomas Dewey, and Jim Lehrer into Edward R. Murrow—just in time for their mid-WWII presidential election-year debate!
- Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 7:23 PM | 35Kb
- Qerry thinks he's Christ
- Qerry's hairmate, Qerrwarts, says he'll make the lame walk!
- Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 5:14 PM | 32Kb
- Free speech for me but none for thee
- Qerry Qampaign top official Dimpled-Chad Clanton, erstwhile Gorebot2000 staffer, threatens AnybodyButQerry groups: "You better hope we don't win."
- Monday, October 11, 2004, 1:17 PM | 32Kb
- I know what Qerry's plan is now
- It isn't just to lose, but to lose badly.
- Saturday, October 09, 2004, 8:37 PM | 33Kb
- Read My Plan. No Few Taxes.
- Either visit al-Qerry's Web site...[or see his upcoming speech]
- Friday, October 08, 2004, 11:10 PM | 33Kb
- 5.1 Trillion Dollar Budget Surplus?
- Did Qerry just say that's how much the budget surplus was when President Bush took office? [Qerry's off by over a factor of forty!]
- Thursday, October 07, 2004, 1:33 PM | 33Kb
- Time to sack your entire campaign staff again, al-Qerry
- Starting with Joe Look!no-heart.
- Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 1:24 PM | 33Kb
- Qerry's Hairmate Says You're 'Insane'
- Trial lawyer, mumbojumbo channeler, and now psycho
- Monday, October 04, 2004, 6:09 PM | 33Kb
- John Qerry Is Against the Death Penalty for Convicted Terrorists
- But favors the death penalty (with absolutely no appeal) for unborn babies—the most truly innocent, choiceless and voiceless among us.
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 1:48 AM | 52Kb
- Can you believe that our President gave THIS speech?
- How much can one person mislead with just a single speech?
- Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 7:36 AM | 57Kb
- Qerry's 'Service' Record
- Attempted deferment, a falsified scratch-n-scoot bugout, AWOL from Naval Reserves, maligning the very Vets he abandoned, private meetings with enemy officials—and that's just for starters.
- Saturday, September 18, 2004, 5:03 PM | 36Kb
- Qerry supporters assault small child
- This is something I would never even consider making up. Truth, in this case, is more ugly, extreme and dangerous than any fiction.
- Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 5:20 PM | 34Kb
- CBS Clarifies
- And John Qerry's campaign dies.
- Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 1:02 AM | 34Kb
- Qerry Advisor and Rather Denied Bail
- Qerrathery among liars. The tie that binds JFQ, the DNC and MSM.
- Sunday, September 12, 2004, 1:08 PM | 34Kb
- Rather Indicted For Murder
- Of the mainstream media in particular, and of the truth in general. [Qerry Qampaign clearly involved.]
- Thursday, September 09, 2004, 11:38 AM | 34KB
- Demagoguerats, you don't want to go there
- These are the shocking revelations from Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry's selectively-released records and President George W. Bush's fully-released ones.
- Monday, September 06, 2004, 1:00 PM | 34Kb
- What's wrong with your campaign, Qerry?
- Why all the skakeups?
- Friday, September 03, 2004, 6:11 PM | 34Kb
- Qerry wants us to spend $150 billion PER YEAR paying for everyone's health insurance
- So much for his plan to cut the budget deficit.
- Saturday, August 28, 2004, 1:31 PM | 38Kb
- Mapping the al-Qerry campaign's expansion of a Qlintonesque strategy
- Saturday, August 21, 2004, 1:36 AM | 44Kb
- John Qerry's Quagmire
- What started out as by the way has now become all there is.
- Saturday, August 14, 2004, 12:39 AM | 71Kb
- No experience. No message. No record showing any real achievement. Nothing but a bunch of words and promises.
- Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 12:48 PM | 32Kb
- Sandy Berger gives new meaning to the word 'briefcase'
- Or should that be "Sandy Burglar's briefs case"?
- Thursday, July 15, 2004, 10:31 AM | 39Kb
- Qerry's stands on any issue
- While tucking in his little boy Johnny before untucking him, Flippin' Flopface told the vice-ambulance chaser a bedtime story.
- Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 5:56 AM | 33Kb
- Monday Morning Quarterback Party
- Except it won't be a Monday, but a Wednesday morning its members will be doing it from with respect to themselves exactly sixteen weeks from today.
- Friday, June 25, 2004, 12:40 AM | 35Kb
- Peek-A-Boo Candidate
- “You can't see me, my eyes are closed.”
- Friday, June 18, 2004, 10:15 PM | 64Kb
- Confessions of a former 'progressive'
- "If you're young and conservative, you have no heart. If you're older and still a liberal, you have no brain." [TeRAVEzah Heinz-Qerry's heartless-to-brainless story included.]
- Wednesday, June 09, 2004, 5:27 AM | 98Kb
- More Seedy and Sinister Sides of Sickocrats
- ‘Anything to win, anyway we can’ means not just ‘anyone but Bush’ but ‘anytime's good for a Big Lie paid for by Big Money’ and—more ominously—‘anyplace is good for a pre-election terrorist attack.’
- Friday, June 04, 2004, 7:28 AM | 38Kb
- ABB crunching
- AnyoneButBush is thrown into the trash heap of other lost campaigns along with the losing losers who engage in them.
- Saturday, May 29, 2004, 11:27 PM | 39Kb
- Liberal Football
- Rule 1: Our team only has to reach the goal line to score a touchdown, but yours has to go past it, into the parking lot, down the road, onto the highway, into the next town, hop aboard a spaceship, land on the moon and reach the goal line inside an atmospheric-domed stadium that won't even be built for another thirty years, before we'll admit you scored one.
- Thursday, May 27, 2004, 2:45 PM | 70Kb
- AOL Spews: Qerry says Bush does have a plan
- And he says "it sounds Grrrrrrrrreat!"
- Monday, May 24, 2004, 1:15 AM | 43Kb
- House Democrat Leader Unfairly Attacked for Innocently Quoting from al-Qaeda Magazine
- Nancy Pelosi just thought we needed to know what all the terrorists have been saying all along, 'sall. Like, you know, as a public service and stuff.
- Thursday, May 20, 2004, 5:45 AM | 69Kb
- Depending on 'failed' failed
- If I had a dime for each time Jerman-Frenchboy al-Qerry (the "al" stands for aloof) miserably failed to leave that word out of the interviews and speeches he's given since announcing his candidacy, I'd have more than enough to make this blog—plus a dozen others—completely ad-free.
- Sunday, May 02, 2004, 2:25 PM | 35Kb
- Part-time senator still gets full-time pay & bennies
- Seems Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry believes it's better to have practically no voting record at all than to give American taxpayers their money's worth.
- Friday, April 30, 2004, 2:25 PM | 37Kb
- Questionnaire for Qerry
- Although George Will hasn't gotten around yet to posing another 28 questions to the
chairwarmer for Hildabeast Demoswitch's presumed nominee for president, I've sent the Waffle House 2, or 4, maybe 5, no make that 6, all right 10 questions of my own. Here are the replies I got....
- Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 9:10 AM | 33Kb
- Take the ribbons from my hair
- Qlueless al-Qerry's ribbons flying through the air 33 years ago did less flip-flopping than he's doing now.
- Sunday, April 18, 2004, 9:56 PM | 35Kb
- No Waffles on No Guns
- One issue on which al-Qerry has never flip-flopped.
- Saturday, April 10, 2004, 9:44 PM | 73Kb
- Anti-America OnLine Loses Self-Control
- Another only-liberal news outlet [quoting another al-Qerry lie] takes a crack at undermining the American people's resolve.
- Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 11:14 AM | 47Kb
- Serpents slithering through the gates
- Also known as "a coalition of Democratic Party interest groups, armed with millions of dollars in soft money...rapidly constructing an unprecedented political operation designed to supplement the activities of Sen. John F. Kerry's campaign."
- Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 1:08 AM | 55Kb
- 28 Queries for Qerry finally answered
- These are the questions Washington Post columnist George F. Will posed to Hanoi "Secret-Service Agents R SOBs" John last month, but through some glaring oversights on the candidate's part have sat at the bottom of the Campaign HjQ's f-ing parakeet cage all this time.
- Monday, March 29, 2004, 7:43 PM | 36Kb
- Liberal Utopia Endorses al-Qerry
- "A Realer Wheeler-n-Dealer Niler There Never Was"
- Saturday, March 27, 2004, 1:24 AM | 39Kb
- 'Apology' not accepted
- "Offered" by "'best friend' of al-Qerry Campaign official."
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004, 8:12 AM | 36Kb
- Qerry - the best politician Chinese military money can buy
- "Newsweek reports that more than $28,000 in illegal contributions was funneled into the campaigns of Bill Clinton and John Kerry, and that 'the contributions came out of $300,000 in overseas wire transfers sent on orders from the chief of Chinese military intelligence - and routed through a Hong Kong bank account controlled by [China's People's Liberation Army Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying].'"
- Monday, March 22, 2004, 3:26 PM | 41Kb
- Bush is a uniter, Democrats are dividers
- Add to that, "Kerry killed many civilians and admitted to committing war atrocities."
- Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 1:46 AM | 35Kb
- A debate a day
- "President Bush could more than call Chairman 'I've Ruled There Ain't No Mo' POWs in Vietnam' Qerry's bluff by demanding that Hanoi John debate him every single day through Election Eve."
- Sunday, March 14, 2004, 4:45 PM | 32Kb
- Middle-Class Tax Cut Redux
- "I still haven't gotten over the one Clinton gave us. Why do we need another?...promise, that is."
- Friday, March 12, 2004, 5:16 AM | 32Kb
- Who would Osama vote for?
- "Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry."
Not laughing with them...:
- Saturday, October 02, 2004, 1:02 PM | 37Kb
- Qerry's Plan
- Liberal use of Qetchup.
- Saturday, September 18, 2004, 3:03 PM | 34Kb
- Qerry Documents Faxed To CBS
- CBS's 60 Minutes II received copies of JFQ's journal, all of which came from his own personal files. Whether they're authentic or not, the facts based on them raise quite a number of very serious questions.
- Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 5:05 PM | 35Kb
- Qerry Joqes
- As much as I tried I couldn't make them as boring and stale as their subject.
- Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 5:27 PM | 44Kb
- Qerry Floppins
- This ain't your father's Disney® movie.
- Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 4:34 AM | 36Kb
- Qerry's secret plan for Iraq
- Thinking a blog called Liberal Utopia was among those with a "need to know," the al-Qerry campaign sent its owner all 4 pages of Senator Qhristmas-in-Qambodia's secretive plan.
- Saturday, July 24, 2004, 4:34 AM | 167Kb
- Mickey Moore walks into a Waffle House...
- And he brought a bunch of
friends radical extremist whacked-out liberals who tolerate him only because he's paying for all their waffles.
- Saturday, July 24, 2004, 1:50 PM | 37Kb
- Wonder if Julia Thorne's going to be at the convention?
- Cheering for her ex-husband Hanoi John and his richer wife?
- Thursday, July 22, 2004, 5:52 PM | 49Kb
- John-John QarriedWarts' Advisor Apologizes
- He's really, really sorry about his getting caught.
- Tuesday, July 06, 2004, 8:56 AM | 31Kb
- My impressions of Qerry's sidekick
- Turns around, lifts collar up, turns back around....
- Thursday, June 10, 2004, 9:17 AM | 34Kb
- Liberal Navy
- Inspired by Denny Wilson's USS Jimmy Carter.
- Saturday, May 29, 2004, 6:04 AM | 36Kb
- Unimaginative Waffling
- First in a series of not so creative things you can do with your waffles.
- Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 4:12 PM | 33Kb
- 'I decline the nomination before I accept it'
- Or will he? Al Qerry never says the same thing twice. That's called 'nuance.'
- Sunday, May 02, 2004, 3:38 PM | 32Kb
- French waffles again a favorite
- al-Qerry's favorite main course for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, supper,..., is now the first result again when searched for on Google.
- Friday, March 19, 2004, 10:15 AM | 35Kb
- California moves closer to secession
- "John al-Qerry, senator of the state from which the terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center boarded the two planes that were used to kill nearly 3,000 people in those attacks, called Schwarzenegger to congratulate him...."
Sabotaging Hilldabeast's broomstick before it leaves the closet:
- Friday, October 01, 2004, 8:14 AM | 47Kb
- Real Reason Qerry's Face Was So
- Artificial tan or artificial wan?
- Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 3:40 AM | 32Kb
- WYA 4 HRQ
- Thursday, March 25, 2004, 7:01 AM | 34Kb
- Qerry to Qlinton - Dems' bait & switch contingency
- "It's August. The polls are looking none too good for al-Qerry...."
Related LinksCompilations of al-Qerry's treason, lies, and other liberalisms shown on other Web sites & logs—
Election 2004 Archive
- Qerry's Liberal Record
- "I'm a liberal and proud of it."—HJFQ
- The Man who Promises Everything...
- "...is sure to fulfil nothing"
- Summary Analysis of John Kerry's "The New War"
- A review of the no-show senator's
ideas ramblings about his GSAT (Global Security Aptitutde Test).
- Qerry the Qranky Qritic
- "of the President, the people, and anyone not smart enough to recognize his self-disclosed brilliance."
- Kerry Denies Quotes Accusing U.S. Soliders of War Crimes
- Despite the fact that each quote is caught on tape.
- Web logs
- BUSH over Kerry | BushBlog | BushCheney2004 | Catholic(?) Kerry Watch! | Crush Kerry | Daschle v. Thune | DEFEATJOHNJOHN.COM | Democrats for Bush/Cheney 2004 | George W. Bush for Re-Election 2004! | John Kerry's The New Soldier | Johnny Four Months | Kerry Fairy | Kerry Spot on NRO | Kerry vs. Kerry | KerryWaffles.com | West Virginia 4 Bush | Winning Again!
- Web sites
- Communists for Kerry | Democrats for Bush | DumpDaschle.com | Firefighters for Bush | Foreign Leaders For John Kerry | Football Fans For Truth | GeorgeWBush.com | John F'n Kerry | John Kerry's Principled Positions | JohnnyFlipper | Kerry Core | Kerry Lied...while good men died | Kids Against Kerry Dot Com | Myths About John Forbes Kerry | nokerry.net | POW/MIA Families Against John Kerry | Senator "Hanoi John" Kerry | Stolen Honor | Swift Boat Veterans for Truth | Veterans for Bush | Veterans Against Kerry | Vietnam Special Forces against Kerry | Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry
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