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State Sen. Thompson won’t run against Klobuchar

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.

Said Thompson:

“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.

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