Politics August 31, 2016: Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

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Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

By Bonnie K. Goodman

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Three embattled incumbent members of Congress have won their respective primaries. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, primaries were held across the country for Congressional seats in the House of Representatives and Senate. In Florida, Republican Senator Marco Rubio won his primary as did Republican Arizona Senator John McCain as did Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In the Florida Senate race, Rubio won against his challenger Carlos Beruff, 72 percent to 19 percent. Most of Rubio’s GOP opponents dropped out after he decided to join the race at the wire three months after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio will be vying for his second term against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who beat out his only opponent Rep. Alan Grayson. Major points of attacks are that Rubio missed so much of his Senate term campaigning for president and has not committed to serving the next six-year term, suggesting he might consider another presidential run in 2020. Rubio’s seat is critical for the GOP to maintain control of the Senate.

In the Arizona Senate race, McCain is going for his sixth Senate term and easily defeated his opponent state Senator Kelli Ward. McCain who just turned 80 faced attacks about his age from his much younger, opponent. Ward, who is 47, and a doctor called McCain “old” and “weak” and made his age the main campaign issue implying he could die before his term ends. Republican voters, however, did not agree and chose McCain again, he will face Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November.

One of the most vulnerable Democrats, Florida Rep. Wasserman Shultz was able to win her primary against Tim Canova. Canova had the backing of Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who rightly found Wasserman Shultz working against his primary campaign. The former Democratic National Committee chairman, Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign the evening before the start of the Democratic National Convention after emails showed her bias against Sanders. The public embarrassment put her primary bid in jeopardy.

This year has not been a good one for Congressional incumbents with five, three Republicans and two Democrats already losing their reelection bids. Those that lost their primaries are “Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Randy Forbes of Virginia and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.” Among the Democrats are Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was convicted on 23 charges of corruption in June and Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who was indicted in July on 24 counts of fraud.

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Politics July 12, 2016: Sanders endorses Clinton vows to help beat Trump

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Sanders endorses Clinton vows to help beat Trump

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PORTSMOUTH, NH -  Democratic Presumptive Nominee for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Portsmouth High School Gymnasium in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Democratic Presumptive Nominee for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Portsmouth High School Gymnasium in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Vermont Senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has finally endorsed rival and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders endorsed Clinton at a joint rally at Portsmouth High School, New Hampshire. To gain the endorsement, Clinton relented to many of Sanders’s progressive requests for the Democratic Party’s platform, including health care, college tuition, climate change and raising the minimum wage.

Speaking at the rally surrounded by banners reading, “Stronger Together,” Sanders announced he is endorsing Clinton. The Vermont Senator declared, Clinton “will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

Continuing, Sanders explained why he is supporting Clinton after the divisive primary season. Sanders said, “I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”
Sanders took aim at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Sanders pointed out, “This campaign is changing soon. Trump is expected to announce his running mate any day now, and the GOP platform is taking shape. This is the last week we can pull together and show how unified we are before Trump and the Republicans come after us – and the values we hold dear – in Cleveland.”

Clinton in turn also gave some remarks. The presumptive nominee said, “I cannot help but reflect how much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we are on the same side.” Clinton vowed to beat Trump, “We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November and, yes, together, build a future we can all believe in.”

Clinton also praised Sanders and the way he created a movement, saying he “brought people off the sidelines and into the political process.” Clinton said Sanders “has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country and are building a movement that is bigger than one candidate or one campaign.” Clinton also expressed, “Thank you for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice.”

At the same time as the rally, Clinton’s campaign sent out a fundraising email. The email read,  “Today, I am so honored that Senator Sanders is joining me on the campaign trail and is ready to take on Trump and the GOP,” Clinton also asked the Vermont Senator’s supporters to “stand with Senator Sanders and me.”

Trump’s campaign criticized Sanders’ decision to endorse Clinton. Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller commented, “Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system – the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few.”

Sanders appearance with Clinton ends the primary campaign and unifies the party’s leadership. Although it remains to be seen whether Sanders’ supporters will follow their candidate and support Clinton. Many Sanders supporters appeared at the rally shooting “Bernie” while others shouted “unity.” When Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) spoke introducing Sanders and Clinton, some in the crowds chanted “no.” Both Clinton and Sanders’s campaign are still negotiating further joint events and campaigning.

Politics June 16, 2016: Clinton not vetting Sanders for Vice President, seriously considering Warren

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Clinton not vetting Sanders for Vice President, seriously considering Warren

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June 16, 2016 11:29 AM MST
According to insiders, Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t considering primary rival Bernie Sanders as her running mate, but is actively looking at Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose populist politics line up closely with the Vermont senator. When asked Tue...

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Politics June 8, 2016: Democrats still divided between Sanders and Clinton on last major primary day

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Democrats still divided between Sanders and Clinton on last major primary day

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June 8, 2016 1:30 AM MST
On Tuesday Night, Hillary Clinton cemented her status as the party nominee. It was a historic moment, Clinton becoming toe first woman to win the nomination of a major party for President of the United States. But as Clinton made history, Sanders...

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Politics June 7, 2016: Hillary Clinton makes history clinches Democratic presidential nomination

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Hillary Clinton makes history clinches Democratic presidential nomination

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June 7, 2016 1:06 AM MST
Hillary Clinton is making history according to the Associated Press she has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination becoming the first woman to do so, June 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton is making history according to the Associated Press she has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination becoming the first woman to do so, June 6, 2016
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Politics June 6, 2016: Obama ready to endorse Clinton this week as she clinches Democratic nomination

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Obama ready to endorse Clinton this week as she clinches Democratic nomination

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June 6, 2016 10:49 PM MST

Now that Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination, President Barack Obama intends to endorse her and begin campaigning for her, June 6, 2016
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Politics May 18, 2016: Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats

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Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats

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May 18, 2016 6:51 PM MST

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton had a bittersweet victory with the Kentucky primary; she was virtually tied with rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, later Sanders decisively won Oregon's primary, May 17, 2016
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton had a bittersweet victory with the Kentucky primary; she was virtually tied with rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, later Sanders decisively won Oregon’s primary, May 17, 2016
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Politics May 4, 2016: Sanders upsets Clinton wins Indiana primary vows to beat Trump in election

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Sanders upsets Clinton wins Indiana primary vows to beat Trump in election

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May 4, 2016 12:08 AM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins Indiana primary in upset victory over opponent and front-runner Hillary Clinton; Sanders believes he is the best candidate to up against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, May 3, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins Indiana primary in upset victory over opponent and front-runner Hillary Clinton; Sanders believes he is the best candidate to up against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, May 3, 2016
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Politics May 2, 2016: Trump would win presidential election against Clinton

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Trump would win presidential election against Clinton

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May 2, 2016 1:08 PM MST

GOP front-runner Donald Trump would win the presidential election against Hillary Clinton if it were held today, May 2, 2016
GOP front-runner Donald Trump would win the presidential election against Hillary Clinton if it were held today, May 2, 2016
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Politics May 2, 2016: Sanders fights to win nomination promises Clinton battle in contested convention

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Sanders fights to win nomination promises Clinton battle in contested convention

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May 2, 2016 9:14 AM MST

 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is promising to take the battle for the Democratic nomination with Hillary Clinton all the way to a contested convention, May 1, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is promising to take the battle for the Democratic nomination with Hillary Clinton all the way to a contested convention, May 1, 2016
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Politics April 27, 2016: Clinton wins four Atlantic primaries Sanders wins one changes campaign goals

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Clinton wins four Atlantic primaries Sanders wins one changes campaign goals

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April 27, 2016 7:43 AM MST

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won four of the Atlantic primaries while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won one; Clinton hopes to unify the party while Sanders wants Clinton to adopt his issues in the party's platform, April 26, 2016
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won four of the Atlantic primaries while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won one; Clinton hopes to unify the party while Sanders wants Clinton to adopt his issues in the party’s platform, April 26, 2016
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Politics April 20, 2016: Did Clinton really win the NY primary since Sanders won most of the counties?

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Did Clinton really win the NY primary since Sanders won most of the counties?

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April 20, 2016 11:28 AM MST

Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of New York primary, but she only won 12 out of the 62 counties, while Bernie Sanders took a majority, 50 counties in all, April 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of New York primary, but she only won 12 out of the 62 counties, while Bernie Sanders took a majority, 50 counties in all, April 19, 2016
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Politics April 20, 2016: Clinton wins big in New York primary Sanders vows to fight to the convention

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April 20, 2016 4:16 AM MST

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won the New York primary by a wide margin over her rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cementing his front-runner status, April 19, 2016
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won the New York primary by a wide margin over her rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cementing his front-runner status, April 19, 2016
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Politics April 19, 2016: Sanders and Clinton virtually tied ahead of New York primary

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Sanders and Clinton virtually tied ahead of New York primary

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April 19, 2016 2:38 AM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is virtually tied with front-runner Hillary Clinton in the most recent national poll, the problem Sanders still trails in the double digits a day before the April 19 New York primary, April 18, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is virtually tied with front-runner Hillary Clinton in the most recent national poll, the problem Sanders still trails in the double digits a day before the April 19 New York primary, April 18, 2016
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Politics April 16, 2016: Bernie Sanders goes to the Vatican meets Pope Francis

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Bernie Sanders goes to the Vatican meets Pope Francis

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April 16, 2016 4:55 PM MST

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had a brief meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday morning, after addressing the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on wealth inequality on Friday, April 16, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had a brief meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday morning, after addressing the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on wealth inequality on Friday, April 16, 2016
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Politics April 10, 2016: Obama guaranteed Clinton would be prosecuted if FBI finds it is necessary

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Obama guaranteed Clinton would be prosecuted if FBI finds it is necessary 

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April 10, 2016 2:39 PM MST

President Barack Obama guaranteed that if the FBI decides to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she would even if she is the Democratic presidential nominee, April 10, 2016
President Barack Obama guaranteed that if the FBI decides to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she would even if she is the Democratic presidential nominee, April 10, 2016
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Politics April 9, 2016: Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses continues winning streak over Clinton

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Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses continues winning streak over Clinton 

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April 9, 2016 5:26 PM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Wyoming's Democratic caucuses his eighth win in nine nominating contests, proving his momentum against Clinton has staying power as they go into the New York primary, April 9, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Wyoming’s Democratic caucuses his eighth win in nine nominating contests, proving his momentum against Clinton has staying power as they go into the New York primary, April 9, 2016
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Politics April 9, 2016: New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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April 9, 2016 12:32 PM MST

 If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
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Politics April 7, 2016: Comey: Politics will not influence FBI on possible criminal charges for Clinton

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Comey: Politics will not influence FBI on possible criminal charges for Clinton

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April 7, 2016 7:46 AM MST

FBI Director James Comey reassured the public that the FBI's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server would not be influenced by politics, April 6, 2016
FBI Director James Comey reassured the public that the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server would not be influenced by politics, April 6, 2016
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Politics April 7, 2016: New frontrunner? Sanders leads Clinton nationally as campaign gains momentum

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New frontrunner? Sanders leads Clinton nationally as campaign gains momentum

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April 7, 2016 4:04 AM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton nationally according to a new poll that suggests deep divisions within the Democratic Party, April 5, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton nationally according to a new poll that suggests deep divisions within the Democratic Party, April 5, 2016
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Politics April 6, 2016: Sanders wins Wisconsin primary by wide margin claims momentum against Clinton

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Sanders wins Wisconsin primary by wide margin claims momentum against Clinton

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April 6, 2016 9:20 AM MST

 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won big in Wisconsin's Democratic primary and is now claiming momentum moving on to New York's delegate-rich primary in two weeks, April 5, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won big in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary and is now claiming momentum moving on to New York’s delegate-rich primary in two weeks, April 5, 2016
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Politics April 4, 2016: Clinton and Sanders finally set a date to debate in New York on April 14

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Clinton and Sanders finally set a date to debate in New York on April 14

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April 4, 2016 11:01 PM MST

Democratic candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have agreed to debate on April 14 in Brooklyn, New York after nearly two months of negotiations, April 4, 2016
Democratic candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have agreed to debate on April 14 in Brooklyn, New York after nearly two months of negotiations, April 4, 2016
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Politics April 4, 2016: Sanders leads Clinton by 8 points a day before Wisconsin primary

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Sanders leads Clinton by 8 points a day before Wisconsin primary

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April 4, 2016 12:37 PM MST

Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is widening his lead in Wisconsin a day before the primary, April 4, 2016
Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is widening his lead in Wisconsin a day before the primary, April 4, 2016
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Politics April 3, 2016: Clinton dismisses not worried about FBI investigation into private email server

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Clinton dismisses not worried about FBI investigation into private email server

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April 3, 2016 2:24 PM MST

 Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dismissing the seriousness of the FBI's investigation into her private server, saying she is not worried about it not ending before the DNC convention, April 3, 2016
Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dismissing the seriousness of the FBI’s investigation into her private server, saying she is not worried about it not ending before the DNC convention, April 3, 2016
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Politics April 2, 2016: State Department suspends Hillary Clinton email investigation at FBI’s request

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State Department suspends Hillary Clinton email investigation at FBI’s request

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April 2, 2016 8:25 AM MST

 The FBI requested that the State Department suspend their investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's classified emails until they finished their probe which will be before the general election, April 1, 2016
The FBI requested that the State Department suspend their investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s classified emails until they finished their probe which will be before the general election, April 1, 2016
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