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Both Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman made many campaign stops in Bemidji. Here, Franken woos a Democrat crowd at the Green Mill in Bemidji during a summer 2008 stop. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Candidates were not typical Minnesotans

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ST. PAUL - Al Franken and Norm Coleman are not exactly typical Minnesota politicians.

Both are New York natives and Jewish, not the demographics of most Minnesotans. Neither sounds Minnesotan to this day, although that did not prevent party loyalists from giving them enthusiastic support.


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