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Bob Mercer

MERCER: Abdnor a politican who toppled giants

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Why hasn't Jim Abdnor received the respect he would seem to have deserved?

He was only the biggest political giant killer during the past half-century.

He defeated Democrat George McGovern in 1980, once and for all, to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

He was the only candidate ever to beat Bill Janklow. That was in the 1986 Republican primary for the Senate nomination.

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