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In 2004, he faced former congressman Tom Coburn in the U.S. Senate election for the open seat in Oklahoma. Though widely viewed as a conservative Democrat, he was viewed as more moderate than his Republican opponent. This race was considered one of a handful of competitive races for the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Defeated by Coburn and unable to seek re-election to the House, Carson's term in the United States Congress expired on January 3, 2005. Carson has indicated that he has no immediate plans to seek political office. In January, 2005, he accepted a teaching position specializing in U.S. politics at Harvard University.
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