Coleman May Have Shot as Governor

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By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2009 5:17 PM CDT
Coleman May Have Shot as Governor
Norm Coleman listens to court proceedings.   (AP Photo/ Chris Polydoroff,Pool)

(Newser) – As if Minnesota politics needed another twist: Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he won't seek a third term as governor has all eyes on Norm Coleman as a potential successor, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Because he's still locked in a legal fight with Al Franken over a Senate seat, Coleman can't express interest, but many political observers see his name as the one that would dominate the race.

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One influential conservative called it an "attractive prospect" but said Coleman would still face a tough fight for the Republican nomination. And there's this to weigh in the political calculus: Because the majority of Minnesota voters want him to concede to Franken, would a run for governor make Coleman less inclined to drag out the legal fight? Stay tuned.
(Read more Tim Pawlenty stories.)

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