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Consultants step into the spotlight

Nov 09, 2013 - Politico.com

For years political consultants operated in the shadows, quietly running the field operations, polling and advertising strategy that keeps candidates in the spotlight and propels them to victory.

Now they've got a new move: self-promotion.

Just hours after the polls closed this week, consultants and interest groups started taking credit for Terry McAuliffe's victory in Virginia and Bill de Blasio's landslide win in New York.

The behind-the-scenes players were suddenly out in fr...