Politicians who aren’t running in this year’s elections are still hard at work. They’re helping those facing elections this year, says David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

“It may be 2012 but a lot of the politics that are going on have to do with 2014,” Yepsen said.

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Potential candidates for offices up in 2014 – all the state constitutional offices plus a U.S. Senate seat – are spending a lot of time working for other politicians who they hope will support them in 2014 bids,” Yepsen said. “They are lining up money. You can never have enough money in a political campaign.”

Yepsen predicts the day after the November election we’ll be hearing from those 2014 candidates. He says they’ll come out early to attract support and scare off potential opponents.

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