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Column: 2016 presidential campaign shifting into higher gear




If anyone doubts that the 2016 presidential election campaign has begun already despite a lack of announced candidates, the furor surrounding the leading prospects of both major parties should dispel any such notion.

Both Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former first lady, senator and State Department secretary Hillary Clinton have found out quickly what it means to be the center of attention in the scramble to replace President Barack Obama.

Both are embroiled in controversy that probably would have gone away otherwise.

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