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  • This Feb. 17, 2014 photo shows Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth talking about her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson in Sioux Falls, S.D. Bosworth will face four opponents in the Republican primary on June 3. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

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  • FILE - In this March 14, 2014 file photo, children from the Duggar family sing during a campaign event for Rev. Mark Harris, who is seeking a Republican U.S. Senate nomination in the upcoming North Carolina primary, in Raleigh, N.C., The Duggars, with 19 children in all, star in a reality TV show.  (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

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  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn addresses the crowd declaring his primary election victory during his election night reception on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

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  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, then-Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while courting New Hampshire’s political elite. The moves represent what local Republicans consider Brown’s first serious steps toward launching a Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The stakes are high for the GOP’s push for the Senate majority this fall and Brown’s own political ambitions.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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