WASHINGTON — Just three weeks after announcing she would challenge 2nd District Republican Rep. John Kline in 2014, DFLer Sona Mehring said Wednesday that she is dropping out of the race.
That leaves Mike Obermueller, a former state lawmaker and Kline’s 2012 opponent, as the only Democrat in the race for now.
Here’s Mehring’s statement:
As I set out on my campaign for Congress, there was a yearning to serve my country and the people in my community in a new way. This meant stepping away from CaringBridge.
My campaign received tremendous support and words of encouragement. The level of enthusiasm and people’s confidence in me was humbling. However, I realize my true passion still was with CaringBridge. That passion was fueled by the many people I met that told me about the impact of CaringBridge in their lives.
I came to the tough conclusion that my work with CaringBridge was not done and I needed to end my candidacy for Congress.
The culture in Washington still is something that needs to be changed. I will continue to find ways to work towards a better, more productive, more representative Congress. I hope to stay connected to the many new friends I’ve met.
Thank you for the support you showed me as I struck out on this quest – it filled my heart.
If you have contributed to me monetarily, I am returning your contribution. If you contributed your time and sweat, please know that I will be forever grateful.
Kline announced last week that he will seek re-election to his House seat, rather than challenge Sen. Al Franken or Gov. Mark Dayton. Kline defeated Obermueller by more than 8 points in 2012, but Democrats have looked to make the 2nd District competitive next year.
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