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  • "Both men were seen as possible presidential candidates, so this is a bigger hit for the GOP establishment," said Keith Appell, a GOP strategist. "Christie is their guy, whereas conservatives have plenty of other horses they can ride besides McDonnell."

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  • "Republican senators, especially those with primary challenges, are feeling the heat back home," said Keith Appell, GOP consultant. "They know they're already on thin ice for cutting back-room deals with the Democrats that only serve to break promises they made back home."

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