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Two Republicans drop U.S. Senate bids

Two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate announced the end of their campaigns on Monday.

St. Bonifacius City Councilman Joe Arwood said he would end his campaign because “I can no longer devote adequate time and financial resources to this endeavor and do what is best for my family,” according to a statement on his campaign website. Arwood joined the race in August.

Meanwhile, St. Paul businessman Anthony Hernandez told Minnesota Public Radio he’s leaving the race to run for Congress in the 4th Congressional District.

Neither Arwood nor Hernandez made much of a splash in the race. Both had raised only about $10,000 and trailed incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar by at least 20 points in the most recent poll of the race. A third Republican candidate, Dan Severson, had a 4-to-1 fundraising advantage over Arwood and Hernandez but is performing similarly in head-to-head polling with Klobuchar.

U.S. Army veteran Pete Hegseth said last week that he’d filed paperwork to run for the Republican Senate nomination.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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