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Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform and the man behind the pledge. Jim Watson /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Allen West , R-FL, speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., in February. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in December 2011. Yuri Gripas /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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