Top-Tier Dem Gubernatorial Recruit Says No To Minnesota Governor’s Race

Lori Swanson to seek re-election as Attorney General

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Attorney general Lori Swanson listened to testimony from Sanford Health representatives on the proposed takeover of the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Health Systems by South Dakota's Sanford Health during a hearing at the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. ] (RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER * reneejones@startribune.com)

Minnesota Attorney General announced despite much speculation that she will not run to be the next Minnesota Governor.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was “considered a top contender for her party’s nomination for governor,” and was assumed to be preparing a run. But as the Star Tribune reports, Swanson ended “months of speculation that she would enter the race for governor” and decided to run for re-election instead.

The Star Tribune explains that as a result, “DFL candidates and operatives say the party’s voters are concerned about winning” the governor’s race.

She will face the presumptive Republican Attorney General Candidate Doug Wardlow.

Democrats will soon release fundraising numbers but Congressman Tim Walz and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are expected to lead the pack in fundraising. State Representative Erin Murphy, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, State Representative Paul Thissen, and State Representative Tina Liebling, however, are all in contention to get the Democrat Party Endorsement.

In recent weeks there has been tension between Democrat Candidates as they all try to prove which of them is more liberal. Some examples of Rebecca Otto attacking Tim Walz are below

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