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Friday, Mar 14, 2014

* From Aviva Bowen’s Facebook page

Election Day is Tuesday, and you know what that means! - the Running of the Political Cliches, brought to you by Masters of the Obvious. Today’s kick-off begins with an old favorite - “it all comes down to turnout.” Stories about the impact of weather and debates on undecided voters (spoiler: little to none) must be on the way.

Other favorites, fellow hacks and flaks?

(And reporter friends, I’m not dissing this story; it’s a good round-up. Just laughing at the headline.)

She then linked to a story with the headline: “Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor.”

* Some of her comments…

Kevin Lampe: We have done everything, it is now up to the voters.

Scott Cisek: Winning comes at many levels.

Kyle Hillman: Something, something… Abraham Lincoln ….something, something

Will Caskey: Low turnout, voter apathy mark (election). Political science professor Dick Simpson said (sad panda).

Elizabeth Austin: This has been a hard-fought primary, but I think I can speak both for my team and for my opponent’s in saying that we are firmly united in our commitment to a (Democratic/Republican) win in November.

* The Question: Your favorite/least favorite political cliches?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


104 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Signs don’t vote

    Until the last vote is counted


  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Cautiously optimistic


  3. - Perry Noya - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Least fave: Voters went to the polls under cloudy/sunny/snowy/rainy skies.
    Least fave: Has/lacks fire in the belly.
    Fave: Heck, I can’t think of one.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    Undecideds will break after …


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    “X” has worn out his/her shoes, hitting the precincts.


  6. - Perry Noya - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    OK, I thought of a fave:

    Democrats in disarray!


  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    Well, we feel the momentum is on our side…


  8. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    “Moral victory.”

    “Symbolic defeat.”


  9. - ??? - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    “The only poll that counts is the one on election day.” (said by politicians whose support is in the single digits, of course)


  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    The only poll that matters is the one taken from the People voting on Election Day


  11. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    Before the polls open: Close elections are won or lost by two votes per precinct.

    After the polls close: You can’t blame anyone but the candidate for a loss this big.


  12. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:50 pm:

    It`s for the children.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:50 pm:

    Sorry - ??? -.

    This was really a group effort showing how “X” brings people together


  14. - Capitol View - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:50 pm:

    The suburban moms have spoken in favor of choice

    We have to stop: (Mike Madigan) (the Far Right agenda) (taxing and spending)


  15. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    The people spoke


  16. - ??? - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    Oswego Willy, no apologies needed. We were posting at the same time. Great minds think alike!


  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    This (district/town/state/etc) made it clear it (favors/opposes) “x”


  18. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    “Now let’s throw it to (clueless TV reporter) who is talking with someone who just voted.”


  19. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    - ??? -,

    Careful, you may have the great mind, I will hop on for the ride.

    —————-

    It’s a mandate.


  20. - Smoggie - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    “Little known challenger faces uphill battle”


  21. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    “It is clear that my (extremely narrow win) was a mandate from the people!”


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:56 pm:

    What is the pulse in the precints?

    We are at (diner/greasy spoon/bar) where the talk about the election…


  23. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:56 pm:

    The desecration of fine establishments for “sandwich summits,” “beer summits,” etc. between winner and loser.

    I just want a corned beef sandwich from Manny’s without having to shake hands with you dopes.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Absentee ballots could very well decide this race.


  25. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    I think we made our case…


  26. - anonymoose - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    At this point, least favorite….”fat lady” clearing her throat, getting ready, approaching the stage, etc. Various graphics usually accompany with a “Rubenesque” woman. Has no one even a thimble full of sympathy for the hefty “moose” size amongst us?


  27. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:00 pm:

    “We’re going to prove the pundits and pollsters wrong.”


  28. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    The experts are going to get this one wrong come Election Day

    We will be the last one standing


  29. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    Crossover votes!


  30. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    “Money doesn’t matter.”


  31. - Smoggie - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    Former Chief of Staff to High Ranking Illinois Official Says Making All Facebook Photos Orange-colored Will Be Key to Victory Surge


  32. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    Rich - sorry!

    EVERYONE counted us out…


  33. - ChinaTown - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:03 pm:

    “That’s not what we’ve been seeing, (reporter), and I think a lotta folks out there are going to be surprised. We’ve seen a lot of polls, but the only one that counts is the one they take on election day.”


  34. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    Machine politics, plain and simple…


  35. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    Chicago-Style


  36. - that guy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    I’m going to hold my nose and vote for the guy who happens to belong to the same political party I’ve voted for in the past 20 elections. I’m really an independent but every election the other party nominates the most evil person on the planet. Maybe next time.


  37. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:07 pm:

    “Is the rain/snow/wind/hail/sleet/tornado/hurricane/flood/earthquake/mudslide having any effect on today’s voter turnout? We’ll talk about that right after the break…”


  38. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:07 pm:

    The vote was stolen from the people…

    (Cue Tony Peraica and storming the County Building)


  39. - Anonymiss - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    “According to exit polls … [INSERT ANYTHING HERE]”


  40. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    This is/isn’t a one issue candidate/campaign


  41. - ??? - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    TV reporter to viewing audience: “I’m standing here at the XYZ Elementary School, which is the polling place for [insert candidate name here]. Candidate and Mrs. Candidate are now walking into the polling place and requesting their ballots. Wait…ok…now they are entering the poll booths to cast their votes.”

    (5 minutes later) “Candidate and Ms. Candidate have finished voting and are now exiting the polling place, waving and smiling to supporters.”


  42. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    “Should Illinois give voters the option to choose ‘None of the Above’? (TV reporter) is with a voter right now to hear her opinion.”


  43. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    Irregularities seem to exist


  44. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    Not cliché exactly, but Archer is tops and substitute (name of candidate/politician) for his below:

    Cyril Figgis: How do you keep track of all these lies?
    Sterling Archer: Practice Cyril. Lying is like 95% of what I do.
    Cyril Figgis: In your job.
    Sterling Archer: Sure.


  45. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    “(Insert random anything) is the backbone of Illinois.”


  46. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    “Candidate ‘X’, who did you vote for? (Spouse), how are you holding up?”


  47. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    So, now that the election is over, what will you do tomorrow?


  48. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Reporter: Did all the attacks bother you?


  49. - Wensicia - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    “We’ll wait ’til every vote is counted!”, says the potential loser.


  50. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    From an actual press release I just received…

    Jimmy Lee Tillman, II is the only candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District in Illinois primary. A political strategist and hip hop political talk show host, he founded the Martin Luther King Republicans organization.

    “Voters in Cook County and Illinois are eager for an alternative to the current all Democratic leadership that has delivered very little,” Tillman remarked, “It is important that our community is represented in both political parties and not neglected by either.”


  51. - OldSmoky2 - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    “This campaign wasn’t about winning for me; it was a fight for the values that made this community/state/country great.”


  52. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    We have learned from someone close to the campaign (candidate) did his/her usual routine this morning, bite with his/her (spouse), then, will then have lunch with supporters, and about 7 head to the VFW, where he/she started this journey and wait for the returns with supporters, family and close friends


  53. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    OldSmoky2 for the lead!


  54. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    “I shot 39″ - Tom Cross Election Day

    Hey, it’s cliche!


  55. - In the Middle - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    Winner after election: It’s time to come together.


  56. - phocion - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    Big Mo’


  57. - Robert the Bruce - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    (after a candidate who is backed by the party and who outspends opponent 10-1 wins as expected) “The people have spoken!”


  58. - Responsa - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    Standard Concession statement: X and I fought through a hard campaign and I wish him/her only the very best as he/she assumes office. I know he/she will work toward what’s best for the good citizens of this great county/state, district. (This usually after weeks of lies about the opponent’s record, vicious attack ads, yard signs being stolen or destroyed and opposing campaign staff and volunteers harassed. LOL)


  59. - Robert the Bruce - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:24 pm:

    (after a primary loss in a nasty primary)

    “I just got off the phone with ”

    (Crowd boos)

    “No no, we’re all united- is a good man. We need to work together to defeat !”


  60. - Robert the Bruce - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Responsa, you said it better, we were typing with similar thoughts at same time!


  61. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    What was she thinking?


  62. - lake county democrat - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    We faced powerful forces.


  63. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    “My candidate is electable. The opponent can’t win the general election.”

    That would be one of my least favorite cliches in politics.

    It presumes to speak for a group of voters whom the speaker doesn’t speak for.


  64. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:28 pm:

    We were outspent, but we weren’t outworked!


  65. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    Related: when someone claims to speak for the people who don’t vote.


  66. - A guy... - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    It’s a funny shaped ball, you never know where it will bounce.


  67. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    And when fringe candidates boast about the ratio of dollars to votes in a losing effort where the candidate did little campaigning beyond getting his/her name on ballot.


  68. - Smoggie - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:31 pm:

    Proft-Backed Candidates Loses


  69. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    And I want to thank my family, for supporting me with all the missed (list of kid events,/birthdays/anniversary) and never complained, knowing how important this campaign is to so many in (district/county/state). I can never thank them enough.


  70. - Jake From Elwood - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:35 pm:

    “Hanging chad” or
    “The recount will prove the true intent of the voters”


  71. - A guy... - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    No regrets.


  72. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    If we had one more week…


  73. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    We peaked just at the right time

    Experts told us that the campaign peaked too early which shows this result


  74. - Responsa - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    Voters saw that he is a work horse, not a show horse.


  75. - OldSmoky2 - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    “And I want you to know that what happened today isn’t the end of our fight for the future of community/state/country.”


  76. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    This campaign has criss-crossed all over “X”


  77. - SorryNotSorry - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    “glossy mailer” to describe mail pieces printed on matte paper


  78. - horse w/ no name - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    People are really tired of the negative ads


  79. - Anon. - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    “Bite me!” by Rich Miller.

    Least favorite when it’s directed at me, favorite when it’s not.


  80. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    There were reports of polling places opening late, sending campaign lawyers to the courts to keep them open later this evening.

    We’re hearing reports of poll watchers intimidating voters in the 33rd Ward.

    One election judge has already been sent home for showing up drunk this morning.

    Allegations of fraud were traded in this hotly contested battle.


  81. - railrat - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    favorite; ” If elected, I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no less no more” Theodore Roosevelt ( more quote than cliché) oh for Teddy this Tuesday ! least has been addressed many times here..


  82. - Joan P. - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    “Voter turnout in the primaries is traditionally lower than in the general election.”

    “We are still waiting for the final vote counts from Cook County.” (Usually heard in the wee hours after a close election.)


  83. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    Neither side is conceding in this race.

    It’s too close to call.

    Finger pointing begins as campaign signs disappear.


  84. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    this is a victory for the people.


  85. - CommoNooB - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    (Insert candidate name) is sworn in, ready to hit the ground running.


  86. - Irish - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:29 pm:

    Least Favorites

    ” At 7:05 am on Election Day Channel X News is projecting that Candidate X will win by 12 percentage points.”

    ” 8:00 am breaking news!!!!! Based on exit strategy polls Channel X is calling the race for (fill in the blank) in favor of Candidate Y.”


  87. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:31 pm:

    There has been alot of mudslinging… Follow by….

    We ran a clean race


  88. - Irish - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Most Favorite

    “Rauner’s loss proves that money can’t buy everything.”

    ” And the incumbent Pat Quinn has lost to Kirk Dillard.”


  89. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    Now its time for the voters to have their say…


  90. - Walker - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:52 pm:

    “Results delayed.”

    “There’s something wrong with the County/State website!”

    “The people deserve a recount.

    “That network always gets it wrong.”


  91. - an innocent observer - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    He/she is a (tea party) republican.


  92. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    The results show the importance of appealing to suburban voters.


  93. - Thomas - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:43 pm:

    Our (insert name of 60+ year old “expert”) certainly didn’t see this upset coming.


  94. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    We shouldn’t underestimate women voting, they make up a large part of the electorate.


  95. - Roadiepig - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    “Shake up Springfield!”

    Last two who prominently mentioned doing that didn’t turn out well for the citizens of this state (and Rich- thanks for the link and post from the IT about Dan Walker- was too young then to remember much about him, but I do remember my dad complaining about what a phony he was during the campaign)


  96. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:58 pm:

    Among MY personal favorites: “The only Poll that matters is the one taken on ELECtion Day,” and (often in defeat, but sometimes for the Victor), “The PEOPLE have spoken,” and, (especially in Chicagoland) the age-old, “Be sure to vote early and OFTEN!”

    …Not to mention how I revel in the Generally Resolute nature of the USUALLY, definitively the Clincher Declaration (particularly when it’s ABC, NBC, CBS declaring it–because those Networks are Big-Time and mean Business), “So this Evening, at –: — PM, — NEWS is declaring (fill in the name) the WINNER in his/her race for (Office) in (Jurisdiction).” THAT Statement often sends a bit of a shiver down my spine–like the “Wow” Moment because it’s so significant and/or meaningful, especially when it’s been a close/highly contested Race for Big Stakes with a heretofore VERY Uncertain Outcome…!

    On the list of least cared-for: “Bad Weather means Low Turnout!’ and “So it’s sure looking like if this Pattern keeps up, (So and So) will be elected the next (fill-in the Office) from (Jurisdiction)…but it’s close, and all of the Precincts haven’t been counted yet.”

    Also, akin to that one is dread I too often experience as to the Remark around Midnight or later of a LONG Election Day/Night by some Major Reporter when you’re just aching already to see who’s WON so you can go to bed or go Home, to the tune of, ‘So at THIS point? It’s just TOO close to call yet, and it looks like it’s gonna be a LONG Night for BOTH Campaigns…!”


  97. - the Patriot - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 4:37 pm:

    Pat Quinn is sure to lose.


  98. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    you know paperless ballots can`t be recounted.i think my man won.


  99. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:03 pm:

    im here for the”I voted” sticker.


  100. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:08 pm:

    when was the last dry election?


  101. - Hans Sanity - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:18 pm:

    “At the end of the day……….”


  102. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:19 pm:

    long lines,broken machines,purged rolls,power outage,gunfire,but no electioning.


  103. - Frosty-The Snowman - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:26 pm:

    “A donation to my campaign will help put us over the top”. Least favorite.
    “I won’t be robo-calling your home when you are watching your favorite television program anymore.” Most favorite (I can dream, can’t I?).


  104. - Ggal - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 5:41 pm:

    “It’s the low information voter who is to blame”


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        * 13th Dist. Candidates Talk NAFTA, Ebola During Springfield Debate
        * Attorneys Due In Court For Quinn Hiring Lawsuit
        * Small Campaign Contributions Amount To Chump Change
        * Civic Fed: Lawmakers Once Again Taking Illinois Down Bad Budget Path
        * Cheddar's Leaves Springfield WUIS-SJR Business Report
        * Area Cub Scouts Burned In Explosion
        * Notes On The Final Governor Debate


        * Our Opinion: Frerichs has the expertise to be Illinois treasurer
        * Robert Kaestner: Good education policy is good health policy
        * Eugene Robinson: Warren makes the case for a presidential run
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Local Rauner ad leaves out ‘everything Springfield isn’t’ line
        * Minimum wage increase supporters urge early voting
        * George Will: In Kentucky, a constitutional moment
        * Sun-Times political reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
        * Our Opinion: Choice for Illinois comptroller comes down to experience
        * Rep. Raymond Poe to undergo stem cell transplant


        * Upcoming Services (Oct. 23, 2014)
        * Ebola: Risk low, but health officials on alert for dangerous virus
        * 1 injured in motorcycle crash near Blue Grass
        * Man arrested for disorderly conduct
        * Gaines Street closure begins today
        * A little rain later today
        * Hog farming facility planned in Cass County
        * IC theater gets down to earth
        * Zombies are coming — run!
        * A beautiful fall day in Apple Creek Bottoms south of Belltown.


        * Carpentersville won't release post-traffic stop death details
        * Elgin man nothing like his role in old airline photo
        * Sun-Times reporter quits over paper's handling of story
        * Dawn Patrol: Joe Biden in Vernon Hills; Batavia police seek cop attacker
        * Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
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        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

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        * Endorsement for U.S. Senate: Dick Durbin...

        * Officials continue push for funds to clean......

        * Guidelines And Tricks To Get You By way of Higher education
        * Mayor Looks To Squeeze Motorists More In 2015 Budget
        * City Clerk Announces New Push To Nab City Sticker Scofflaws
        * Poll: Illinois Governor's Race A 'Statistical Tie'
        * Report Examines Big-Money Influence In IL Guv's Race, Congressional Primaries
        * Dozen more days of anti-Quinn rhetoric
        * The True North Strong and Free...
        * The College Football Report: Jameis State
        * Chicagoetry: Sixteen Movies Ago
        * More Details About Decatur Classical School's Possible Move To Uptown


        * TV Breaking News: Ethics blow for Pat Quinn
        * Federal judge deals Quinn ethics blow on IDOT patronage hiring
        * Rauner Statement on Federal Hiring Monitor at IDOT
        * Governor Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force - Group of Healthcare Experts to Advise State on Ebola Response Efforts
        * New TV Ad: Endorsed




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