Rep. Tom Emmer (R-06) endorsed state Sen. Karin Housley’s (R) challenge to Sen. Tina Smith (D). (MPR News)
Emmer was once viewed as a potential Senate candidate for the seat.
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Dayton Names Smith as Franken’s Successor
She plans to run for the seat in the 2018 special election, while Ellison is staying out.
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GOP State Senator Passes on Bid
Housley on Tuesday became the first GOP candidate in the race.
Donor Says Pawlenty Won’t Run
Another Pawlenty source said it’s possible he has reconsidered since the meeting with the donor.
Pawlenty Won’t Run for Senate
Housley is the only Republican in the race.
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Former Sen. Norm Coleman has become a strong proponent of a Pawlenty bid.
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