August 3, 2012
In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 file photo, Senate candidate John Brunner speaks to the other candidates during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. Brunner, the former CEO and chairman of health and beauty care giant Vi-Jon Inc., has forced his way into a three-way battle featuring a congressman and a former state treasurer that will be decided Tuesday, Aug. 7.
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Seemingly out of nowhere, a trio of wealthy political neophytes has roiled Republican Senate primary races taking place this month, dipping into their personal fortunes to highlight their business backgrounds, cast their opponents as career politicians and draw within striking distance of a victory few saw coming just a few weeks ago.