Contrast for parties in 2016 presidential race

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2013 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the Obama era nears its final midterm elections, the campaign to succeed him has already begun: Prospective candidates on both sides have been quietly courting donors, taking steps to build an organization and making scouting trips to early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The official starting line, however, is likely a year away. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart.

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