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GOP candidates embrace SC gov's call on Confederate flag

In this June 19, 2015, photo, a Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Whether South Carolina should continue to fly the Confederate flag on its statehouse grounds is the latest in a series of issues to arise this summer challenging the GOP’s effort to build the young and diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win the White House. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed Monday to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, eager to move past a vexing issue that challenges the GOP’s effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House.

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