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Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb speaks during a fundraiser for Iowa House Democrats representatives Todd Prichard and Sharon Steckman on April 12, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Democrat tests limits of a maverick's appeal

Seven months after forming a presidential exploratory committee, former Sen. Jim Webb officially jumped into the 2016 presidential race. The surprise 2,000 word announcement email, coming as many headed out of town for the July 4 holiday weekend, was a typically unorthodox move for Webb. ...

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