Coleman Out of Minnesota Governor Race

Posted January 18, 2010 at 11:27am

Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) will not run for Minnesota governor this year.

In a statement posted late Sunday night on his Facebook page, Coleman wrote “I love Minnesota and I love public service, but this is not the right time for me and my family to conduct a campaign for Governor.”

Coleman said the main factor in his decision was timing. “It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go,” he wrote. The one-term senator lost a nail-biter of a race and eight-month recount to Al Franken (D) in the 2008 election cycle.

A long list of Democrats and Republicans are already vying for the seat, which is being vacated by Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

CQ Politics rates the general election contest a Toss Up.

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