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Wait, campaigns don’t work?

They have a function, yes — but, political scientists are finding, it’s not usually to decide who wins the election.

It was not Mitt Romney’s best moment.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” the former Massachusetts governor said at a private, $50,000-a-plate fund-raising dinner in May, as captured by a hidden video recording released to Mother Jones magazine and published online last week.

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