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  • Curtis Ellis, the group's spokesman, said AARP has raised questions about potential Medicare cuts in other states and, "It's a flat-out lie."

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  • "County committeemen, people who depend on patronage from the party, government jobs. Those are the only people who participate, and they're going to pull the lever faithfully for who the party leaders tell them to vote for — and that will always be the incumbent," Mr. Ellis said.

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