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Jonathan Bernstein

Here's the 2016 Republican Nominee

It's already late for the party's presidential contenders to start their campaigns, so let the winnowing begin.
And the 2016 Republican nominee is ...

And the 2016 Republican nominee is ...

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The Republican presidential field just gets bigger and bigger. Three early-look lists last week -- compiled by Karl Rove, by Politico’s Mike Allen and by conservative talk-show host Steve Deace -- identified 26 candidates in total. Yikes!

I’ve been commenting on candidates as it becomes clear they are running for 2016 (regardless of whether he will still be running in 2016). But I haven’t talked about all 26. A quick categorization is in order.