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Local lawmaker avoids primary in U.S. Senate race

A local lawmaker says it's full speed ahead, now that there won't be a Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  Bethel state Representative Dan Carter entered the race on April 4, and won his party's endorsement May 9.  Former Olympian August Wolf, who entered the race a year ago, announced Tuesday that he did not gather enough petition signatures to force a primary. 

 

Carter says his campaign has had a lot of momentum since winning the GOP nomination by about 86 percent.  Wolf phoned Carter to tell him that he would be suspending his campaign prior to publicly making the announcement.  Carter says the party itself has been unified since the convention. 

 

Carter says he believed all along he would have clear sailing without a primary, which he says would have been draining on limited GOP financial resources better used in the general campaign.  Carter says no matter who the Republican nominee was, they were going to have an uphill battle because neither had a ton of money. 

 

He says the thought of a primary lingering over him didn't help, so his campaign is excited to move forward.

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