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Monday, March 31, 2014

2016 GOP Presidential Hopefuls Gather At ‘The Sheldon Primary’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) shakes hands with Republican Jewish Coalition National Chairman David Flaum after Christie spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 29, 2014. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) shakes hands with Republican Jewish Coalition National Chairman David Flaum after Christie spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 29, 2014. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

2016 presidential hopefuls headed to the Republican Jewish Conference in Las Vegas this weekend, in hopes of courting casino owner Sheldon Adelson and other GOP big spenders.

Adelson spent $100 million in the 2012 election — $20 million of which was spent on losing Republican primary candidate Newt Gingrich.

Now, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. John Kasich, and Gov. Scott Walker are all hoping they too can cajole Adelson into giving them a leg-up.

NPR’s digital politics editor Charlie Mahtesian joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the conference, or as many are calling it, “The Sheldon Primary”.

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