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"One thing I'd note though is the fact that the government had a heavy hand in deciding who could and could not run raises some questions about whether or not the Iranian people had a full menu of political choices available to them in this election," McCormack said.
"Then again that is not something that is new. There have been plenty of past instances in Iran where the government has summarily scratched names of potential candidates off the list, telling them they couldn't run for office."