January 16, 2018 01:43 PM
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday he will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Pawlenty made the comments during an interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network.
"I'm interested in continuing to serve," Pawlenty said. "There's a variety of ways to do that. But running for the U.S. Senate this year won't be one of them."
There had been speculation Pawlenty would run for the U.S. Senate seat that came open when Democrat Al Franken stepped down.
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed fellow Democrat Tina Smith to take his place, and she has said she plans to run in the special election to fill the remainder of Franken's term this November. The term runs through 2020.
Republican State Sen. Karin Housley was the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the seat.
Updated: January 16, 2018 01:43 PM
Created: January 16, 2018 01:38 PM
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