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Bill Clinton endorses Tarryl Clark

The former president endorsed Clark’s DFL primary run in the 8th District.

Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Tarryl Clark’s run for Congress in the 8th District, spurning the Minnesota DFL Party’s endorsed candidate, Clark’s campaign announced today.

“From her work with the Children’s Defense Fund and Legal Services’ Senior Law Project, to her commitment to coalition building while leading the state’s Community Action Partnership, Tarryl’s focus for almost 25 years has been improving Minnesota. I am confident she will bring the common sense solutions we need to Washington,” Clinton said in a statement from the Clark campaign.

Clark is one of three DFL candidates running in an Aug. 14 primary for the chance to take on freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. Former Rep. Rick Nolan is the DFL endorsed candidate, and former Duluth City Council President Jeff Anderson is also running.

“I am immensely proud to have President Clinton’s endorsement,” Clark said in a statement. The campaign was already fundraising off the endorsement by Friday afternoon.

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Clinton will be in Minnesota on Aug. 4 to dedicate a memorial for former Vice President and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey. He’s the key-note speaker at that evening’s Humphrey-Mondale Dinner for the DFL.

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