Hann drops out of Minn. governor's race

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 16, 2010 - 3:26 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican state Sen. David Hann is dropping out of the race for Minnesota governor and will seek re-election to his current seat.

Hann said Tuesday that a poor showing on caucus night and other factors led to the decision. Hann said he wouldn't immediately endorse any of his rivals.

"I think I am the second choice of a large number, maybe even the majority of the delegates, but we aren't voting for second place," he said.

Hann said he got into politics because of his concerns for his children's education, and he said he hopes the next governor works to fix what he called a flawed education system.

State Reps. Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer are seen as the leading candidates for the GOP nomination. Gov. Tim Pawlenty isn't seeking a second term.

Hann is serving his second term representing the Eden Prairie area.

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