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The three-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) drew to a close Saturday after nearly all major contenders for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination made their pitches and plays to the activist crowd.

Just under a year out from the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, the conservative confab gave observers an early glimpse into what to expect between now and then.

Here are five major takeaways from CPAC 2015: