In an email to supporters, state Sen. Dave Thompson, a Republican from Lakeville, says he won’t run for U.S. Senate next year. There had been talk that he’d challenge Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“I was truly surprised and honored when my name surfaced as a possible 2012 U.S. Senate candidate. Over the last several weeks many people have encouraged me to take this opportunity seriously. I have taken their advice, but have decided not to run. I am comfortable with that decision.”
Former Republican state Rep. Dan Severson remains the only declared challenger to Klobuchar, who’s looking good in the approval ratings a year and a half before the election.