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We weren't sure which was stranger: the events of March 16, when former Boise State professor and then-Congressional candidate Cynthia Clinkingbeard allegedly threatened a Staples employees with a handgun, or that she won six counties in western and northern Idaho in the May 15 Democratic primary against winner Jimmy Farris. "We made a conscious decision not to campaign against Cynthia," Farris told Boise Weekly. "We didn't do a very good job in reaching out to people who didn't know who I am." Clinkingbeard was ruled to be mentally competent to understand the charges against her and participate in her own defense. The crime of aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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