While former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) never expressed outright interest in running in the new special election presumably against appointed Sen. Tina Smith (D), he never firmly closed the door on entering the race, either. Now, he has. Yesterday, in a Fox News interview, Mr. Pawlenty said he will not become a Senate candidate, and that there are many other ways to continue his public service career. The decision may increase the pressure on Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano/Minneapolis suburbs) to more seriously consider again running statewide. Before being elected to the House, Mr. Emmer was the 2010 Republican nominee for Governor, losing by less than 9,000 votes statewide. For now, state Sen. Karin Housley (R-Stillwater/St. Croix River Valley) is the only announced candidate. Former US Rep. and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is also considering the race.
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