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State Sen. Paul Koering might run for governor, saying 'outstate rural guy' would have appeal

State Sen. Paul Koering of Fort Ripley opened the door to a possible gubernatorial run this week, after hearing Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not run for reelection.

 He's a moderate Republican, and a former dairy farmer and owner of a hearse service, says the St. Cloud Times. With most of the likely candidates coming from the Twin Cities area, Koering told the paper: "I think an outstate rural guy would really have some appeal to the (Republican Party) delegates."

Koering, 44, thinks he'd appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans because of his anti-abortion and pro-gun rights voting record. First elected in 2002, he was in the spotlight in 2005 after publicly acknowledging that he is gay. He defeated a challenger in the Republican primary in 2006, then won re-election to his seat.

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