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Former Sen. Norm Coleman says he won’t challenge Amy Klobuchar in 2012

Coleman hasn’t ruled out a return to public service, or the Senate, but it won’t come in 2012.

WASHINGTON — If former Sen. Norm Coleman does decide to run for Senate again, it won’t be in 2012.

“I’m not going to run against Amy Klobuchar,” Coleman said today on ABC News’ Top Line webcast.

Klobuchar enters the 2012 race in a strong position — the most popular senator that Public Policy Polling had tested, when they ran a survey in December. In that survey, Klobuchar led Coleman by 14 points.

In a recent interview, Coleman told NewsMax that he hasn’t ruled out a return to public service. “I love public service,” said Coleman, currently the head of the American Action Network, which channeled millions into races in 2010, including the next-door Wisconsin Senate contest that saw long-time Democrat Russ Feingold ousted. “I can’t tell you that I’ve run my last race. The public will decide that.

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His next shot at a return to the Senate would be 2014, in a rematch against Al Franken.