Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) earlier declined to enter the special US Senate race later this year, but apparently he could still be on the ballot. Looking at the rather weak field of Republican candidates lining up for the open Governor’s race, Mr. Pawlenty has called a February 12th meeting of his key political supporters. The discussion topic is apparently about the former Governor launching a return campaign this year. If he were to enter the race, Mr. Pawlenty would immediately become the Republican front-runner.
Democrats have six candidates, led by US Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato), state Auditor Rebecca Otto, and former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. It was expected that Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) would join the Governor’s race, but last week she announced her candidacy for re-election. A Pawlenty campaign would immediately change the face of this open seat contest. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is retiring.
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