Hatch Withdraws From Attorney General's Race

June 06, 2018 09:11 PM

One day after throwing his hat in the ring for his old job, former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch officially withdrew his candidacy for the post Wednesday.

Accompanied by a 12-year-old dog, KSTP's Tom Hauser reports Hatch walked into the Minnesota Secretary of State's office and withdrew his filing.


Hauser reported Hatch said he was happy with the other "qualified" candidates, and that he is personally likely to back State Rep. Debra Hilstrom in the August primary.

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Hauser had reported Tuesday that Hatch was not definitely running and filed as a placeholder - intending to make a decision based on who else filed.

Among the other candidates for the job in the DFL field are U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who filed to run for attorney general Tuesday and will not seek reelection to his seat in the 5th District, and activist Matt Pelikan, whom delegates to the DFL convention in Rochester endorsed over incumbent Lori Swanson last weekend.

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Swanson, in turn, announced Monday she would compete in the DFL primary for governor.

Hatch, the DFL candidate for governor in 2006, was elected to the attorney general's office in 1998 and held it until January 2007. He was defeated by Tim Pawlenty in the 2006 governor's race.

Records from the secretary of state's office show former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley and former Commissioner of Commerce Mike Rothman have also filed for attorney general on the DFL side.

Doug Wardlow is the endorsed Republican in the race. Records show Sharon Anderson and Robert Lessard have also filed as Republicans.

For more information on elections and voting in the state, go online to the secretary of state's office elections information page.

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Frank Rajkowski

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