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Pederson drops 6th District congressional bid

WASHINGTON — Republican State Sen. John Pederson is dropping his bid to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th District, he told the St. Cloud Times on Friday.

From the Times’ Mark Sommerhauser:

In an exclusive interview with the Times, Pederson, R-St. Cloud, said he was no longer able to juggle a congressional campaign with his legislative service, his full-time job and family obligations.

“It just became apparent to me that I can’t continue on the campaign while balancing the other priorities in my life,” Pederson said. …

Pederson said he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll endorse another candidate.

“I want a candidate that can broaden the base of the Republican Party,” he said.

Tom Emmer, Rhonda Sivarajah and Phil Krinkie are the other Republicans waging 6th District campaigns. The race has been a fairly quiet one to this point, with most of the news emanating from disputes over debate parameters.

Emmer had a big lead in the money race when campaigns filed their fundraising reports back in October (updated reports are due later this month). Pederson told the Times money wasn’t a factor in his decision to bow out.

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