Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) ruled out running for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), depriving Republicans of a strong candidate in an unexpected pickup opportunity on the midterm map.
“I am very interested in public service and service for the common good. There are a lot of ways to do that,” Pawlenty said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
“But I’ll tell you today that running for the United States Senate in 2018 won’t be part of those plans.”
Pawlenty had been floated as a potential candidate to run for the seat, given that’s he’s won election in Minnesota before as a statewide candidate. Pawlenty didn’t run for a third term as governor in 2010 and instead unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012.
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