David Carlson

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David Carlson
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U.S. Senate, Minnesota
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David Carlson was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.[1] Carlson lost to Mike McFadden in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014.[2]

Carlson was previously a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.


Carlson was born and raised in St. Paul, graduating from Johnson High School. Upon graduation, he took courses towards a political science and history degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In 2000, he worked for Governor Jesse Ventura. Two years later, he worked in the Business Services Division for then-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer. In 2003, Carlson left college and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served three combat tours in Iraq. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with his B.A. In 2010, he also founded Blue Diamond Strategies, which specializes in threat assessment, risk management, and consulting. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in Security Strategies at the University of Minnesota.[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2014

Carlson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Minnesota. Carlson sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014, but was defeated by Mike McFadden.[2]

U.S. Senate, Minnesota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike McFadden 71.7% 129,601
Jim Abeler 14.8% 26,714
David Carlson 9.1% 16,449
Patrick Munro 2.8% 5,058
Ole Savior 1.6% 2,840
Total Votes 180,662
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State


See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

Carlson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Minnesota. He was defeated by Kurt Bills in the Republican primary.

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