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Republicans audition for 2016 election

At conference, activists look for new candidate

OXON HILL, Md. — Only months after President Obama’s reelection, an annual gathering of conservatives served as an audition for Republicans looking to court conservative activists and raise their profile, all with an eye toward greater political ambitions.

It may seem early, but the activists who attended the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference are already picking favorites in what could be a crowded Republican presidential primary in 2016.

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