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Donor Says Pawlenty Won’t Run

Another Pawlenty source said it’s possible he has reconsidered since the meeting with the donor.

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Kimberly Railey
Jan. 16, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will not run for Senate, according to a “prominent GOP donor.”

“He’s told me unequivocally he’s not going to run for the Senate,” the donor said. (Washington Post)

Still, “a Minnesota GOP insider who is close to Pawlenty” said Sunday that “Pawlenty did indeed make that comment at a meeting two weeks ago. But the source told the Star Tribune that it’s possible Pawlenty has reconsidered since then. The source was not sure where Pawlenty stands now.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ON THE TRAIL. At her first formal campaign event, state Sen. Karin Housley (R) “told a crowd of roughly 100 supporters in downtown Stillwater about being inspired to write a book on investing after being told by her financial planner to focus on cooking meals and changing diapers. … The second-term state senator drew the rough contours of her Senate campaign platform: prioritizing helping small businesses, protecting seniors and improving care for veterans. She made no reference to” Pawlenty. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BY THE NUMBERS. A new Star Tribune Minnesota poll found that 35 percent of respondents didn’t know Sen. Tina Smith’s (D) name. Smith had a 7 percent disapproval rating and a 17 percent approval rating. Meanwhile, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) has a 59 percent favorability rating and a 17 percent unfavorability rating. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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