Before Trump, there was Jesse Ventura _ and a big victory

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2007, file photo, potential Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference in Minneapolis with Gov. Jesse Ventura. Well before Donald Trump was leading the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, there was Ventura, the former professional wrestler, radio talk show host and suburban mayor who, in his own election-night words, “shocked the world” with his improbable 1998 victory. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)CHICAGO (AP) — He was a candidate few thought stood a chance. Best known as a television showman, he seemed more interested in self-promotion than winning public office. But soon he was dominating media coverage and debate stages, each pungent remark only endearing him more to a disenchanted public.

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