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Early front-runners who fizzled: 8 presidential candidates who couldn't hold on

Sunday begins the one-year countdown to the 2016 presidential election, and with 18 candidates in the running, it’s still anyone’s race. Really, it is. History proves that even those candidates barely registering in polls a year before the election can rally to win their party’s nomination (think Bill Clinton, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter). And those early front-runners (remember Herman Cain?) don’t always end up a final contender for the White House. POLITICO takes a look at eight races in history that ended far differently than they began.

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