State Sen. David Hann, an Eden Prairie Republican who has been running for governor since last summer, dropped out of the race Tuesday, saying he wouldn't have won his party's endorsement.

"It just didn't look very likely that we would be able to make sufficient progress," Hann said.

Hann said he will run for re-election to the Senate and wasn't endorsing any of the other seven Republican candidates running to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He said he talked to state Reps. Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert, two leading Republican candidates for governor, before making his announcement but hadn't made commitment to either of them.

Hann is currently unopposed for Republican endorsement for the Senate seat he's held since 2002.