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Looking Forward to Reconstruction

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Make no mistake: the 2020 presidential race has already begun. It began before the ballots were fully counted from the midterms, and for some presidential hopefuls, it started even earlier.

People are already making the obligatory pilgrimages to Iowa and New Hampshire.

In fact, NBC10 Boston and New England Cable News have been tracking visits to New Hampshire by politicians who might run in 2020, and by their count, as of Nov. 13, Maryland Congressman John Delaney, who has already declared his candidacy and already has a campaign website, leads the pack with 35 visits (each city visited counts as a separate visit even if it’s on the same day as another city).

Next on that list of visitors are Jeff Merkley, a Democratic senator from Oregon; former Maryland governor and 2016 candidate Martin O’Malley; the former Missouri secretary of state, Jason Kander; Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan; Senator Bernie Sanders; and Julián Castro, Barack Obama’s housing secretary.

As Politico reported in June, nine prospective candidates, including Senators Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and the former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, had met with Obama in one-on-one meetings.

Loyalists are prodding reluctant candidates and also-rans to enter the fray or return to it. Last week, Mark........

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