No Coleman-Franken Rematch 10 Jan 13

Former US Senator Norm Coleman says that he will not be seeking a rematch with Senator Al Franken in 2014. Coleman announced the decision on Wednesday. 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 says that he thinks a strong Republican candidate will emerge against Franken. He suggested US Representatives 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.