“I wish it would have been different. But, obviously, the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist. And so we’re going to end the campaign,” the two-term governor said.
Before he dropped out of the race, Pawlenty told the Star Tribune that he wouldn’t run for Senate this cycle.
Klobuchar won her first term in 2006 with 58 percent of the vote. Fifteen months before the election, she faces what appears to be only nominal opposition from former state Rep. Dan Severson (R). Severson lost his 2010 bid to be secretary of state, 46 percent to 49 percent.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.