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Democrat Prepared to Fight for Right to Take on Bachmann

Adding more spice to what already promises to be a heated race, one of the Democratic candidates looking to take on Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is now saying he won’t bow out if he does not win the party’s nomination.

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From Eric Black at Minnesota 6th District candidate El Tinklenberg will not pledge to abide by the party’s endorsement process and “will be prepared to run in a primary.”

Minnesota’s political parties have the somewhat unique tradition of formally nominating candidates for general election races, which oftentimes, but not always, clears the primary field for the chosen one. Tinklenberg, himself, has abided by the nomination process in the past, dropping out after he lost the party’s endorsement in 2006 and obtaining the endorsement in 2008. He eventually lost to Bachmann by three percentage points.