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Kansas City Jewish center shooter ran against Roy Blunt in 2010, got 7 votes

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Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., the man identified as the shooter who killed three people at a Kansas City, Mo., Jewish community center and a retirement home Sunday, ran against Sen. Roy Blunt in 2010 as an independent candidate, drawing exactly 7 votes out of the roughly 2 million cast.

Miller, who also goes by the surname "Cross," got exactly one vote each in Worth, Wright and St. Louis counties, according to the Missouri Secretary of State's website. The other four votes were presumably write-ins. This was not enough to unseat Blunt, who got more than a million votes. Democrat Robin Carnahan got just under 790,000.

Other third party candidates, like Libertarian Jonathan Dine and the Constitution Party's Jerry Beck did considerably better, getting more than 58,000 and 41,000 each respectively.

Miller ran as a Democrat in North Carolina's 1984 gubernatorial race and as a Republican for a state senate seat in 1987. "He failed in both attempts, finishing eighth out of 10 candidates in 1984 with less than 1 percent of the vote and last out of three in 1986 with 3 percent," the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.

SPLC also reported that Miller previously ran against Blunt in 2006 in a congressional race, getting 23 votes as an independent, although the Secretary of State does not list Miller among the candidates for that year for the 7th Congressional District.

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