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While it's widely believed that access to Fox News helps Republicans looking for stardom among the party's loyal voters, some of the latest data seem to buck that conventional wisdom.

A few months ago, Media Matters for America, the nonprofit liberal watchdog that monitors "misinformation" in conservative media, began its "Fox News primary." The project's intent was to track each Republican presidential candidate's interview airtime on the network to show which ones might be receiving coveted free exposure from a friendly media outlet.

But the group's data shows there's no clear line from Fox News exposure to a rise in the national polls.

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