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4th Congressional District candidate Steve Carlson (IP) participates in a debate at the MPR News booth at Minnesota State Fair Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Independence Party disowns its Senate candidate

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Leaders of the Independence Party of Minnesota are disowning their own nominee for U.S. Senate.

Self-proclaimed tea party member Steve Carlson won the primary with slightly more than 2,100 votes, defeating Kevin Terrell, the candidate party leaders had chosen to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, lost his primary bid. Terrell received just 1,376 votes.

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