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Potential candidates have been crisscrossing the country to gut-check operatives, setting hours aside in their schedules to work the phones and meeting to draft plans for 20 or more different campaign strategies to win the Democratic nomination.
At least a dozen potential candidates, including sitting senators, governors and former officials, have said publicly that they plan to spend the holidays talking over a run with their families, and two or more are still expected to hint at their intentions before the holidays.
Another Democratic strategist, who like more than a dozen interviewed for this article asked for anonymity so as not to upset potential employers, said it was clear something was up from the social media activity of friends.
“I saw every digital person in the world Instagramming from Denver,” this person said. With no front-runner and a primary contest that could cost billions, the race to build a presidential campaign team is already well underway, even though most candidates have not yet created legal vehicles for hiring staff.