On the heels of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) firmly deciding not to run against appointed Sen. Tina Smith (D), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano/Minneapolis suburbs) has quickly followed suit. Yesterday, Mr. Emmer announced that he will seek re-election to a third term from his 6th District US House seat. State Sen. Karin Housley (R-Stillwater/St. Croix River Valley) remains the only announced Republican candidate. Former US Representative and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, the individual Mr. Emmer succeeded in the House, is also considering the race.
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