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GOP's midterm rout shapes 2016 presidential race

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By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES
Associated Press
   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats are speeding into a 2016 presidential campaign suddenly reshaped by last week's midterm Republican rout.
   For potential Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, there's an opportunity to run against the GOP-controlled Congress.
   Republican governors considering the White House race are ready to use any further gridlock in Washington to their advantage.
   GOP senators in the 2016 mix now have a stronger springboard into the contest.
   Republicans are facing their most unpredictable presidential primary campaign in a generation.
   On the Democratic side, Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite.
   Possible candidates from both parties are expanding their networks of supporters and working out strategies as they contemplate their next step.
   The first contests on the 2016 nominating calendar are roughly a year away.

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