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Comedian Al Franken trounced primary challenger Patricia Lord Faris in the U.S. Senate primary in Minnesota and will now challenge incumbent Norm Coleman in November.

Franken had about 65% of the vote to Lord Faris’ 30%. Coleman’s campaign is making a big issue of the fact that she was able to garner that much support given that Franken is much better funded and has been running for much longer.

Dean Barkley will be the wild card. He easily captured the Independence Party nomination, and will wage a maverick campaign to try to upset two better known candidates. Barkley got into the race after former Gov. Jesse Ventura decided not to run. Barkley briefly served in the Senate in 2002 when Ventura appointed him to fill the remainder of Paul Wellstone’s term.