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A handful of researchers in the US have been spurred to run for office, according to the Los Angeles Times. They hope that their backgrounds in data will appeal to voters and show that they are prepared to be policymakers and problem-solvers.

"Our skill set works: We analyze complex information and make it understandable to people," says Kathie Allen, a physician who is running for Congress in Utah.

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