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Click on photo for larger image (Photo credit: Thompson for Congress).
Stephen Thompson is a candidate in the Aug. 14, 2012 Minnesota state primary election, running against incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann.

St. Cloud, July 23, 2012 — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Carney Jr. and Aubrey Immelman, 6th Congressional District GOP primary challenger to Michele Bachmann, will hold a joint news conference Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in Room 125 at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

They will call for an organization such as the Minnesota League of Women Voters to sponsor at least one emergency 6th District GOP candidate forum, to allow Bachmann’s constituents to hear for themselves both a critique, and Bachmann’s defense, of her recent letters and statements regarding alleged infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States government.

Immelman will comment on Bachmann’s history of dangerous and extreme rhetoric and call for the August 14 primary election to be a cross-partisan referendum on Michele Bachmann.

Key Facts for 6th District Bachmann Constituents

Carney will call for an emergency voter education campaign to make all of Bachmann’s 6th District constituents aware of these facts:

First — Any voter can vote in any party primary.

Second — Because write-in votes are prohibited by state law in the primary election, DFL-endorsed Jim Graves needs just one vote to advance to the general election ballot.

Third – Minnesota has no party registration, meaning that any registered voter may vote in the primary of his or her choice, allowing any voter, irrespective of party-political identification — Republican, Democrat, Independent, or unaffiliated — to vote for or against Bachmann in the Republican column on the primary election ballot.

“All Minnesota 6th CD voters — including DFLers, independents, and others — can still collectively choose to make this year’s GOP primary a referendum on Michele Bachmann,” Carney said.

The graphic below, modified by Carney from the Secretary of State’s website, is something most Minnesota voters have never seen — a state partisan primary ballot. All Sixth District voters will see the same candidates (not in the same order). The graphic shows not Carney’s endorsements, but his recommendation to voters of candidates they should consider. Carney will call on news media to make voters aware that there is a contested primary on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

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