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Coleman rules out '14 Senate rematch with Franken

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 3:33pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't seek a rematch with Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

Coleman tweeted word of his decision Wednesday, after it was first reported in the National Journal. He lost to Democrat Franken by a few hundred votes in 2008, in a race that prompted a statewide recount and an ensuing court challenge that delayed Franken's seating until months after the election.

Coleman tweeted that he thinks a strong Republican candidate will emerge against Franken. He suggested U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen or John Kline. He says he hopes to focus on Minnesota rather than Washington.

That suggests a possible interest in running for governor, with Democrat Mark Dayton also on the 2014 ballot. Coleman previously ran for governor in 1998 but lost to Jesse Ventura.

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