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A throng of reporters and photographers bigger than seen in the governor's reception room in a long time records Gov. Tim Pawlenty's June 2 announcement that he will not seek a third term. Now, there is a throng of candidates who want to replace him. File photo/Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Governor's race keeps politicos abuzz

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ST. PAUL - There is a political buzz this fall unlike any ever heard around Minnesota.

Fourteen months before the next election, the state's political establishment is talking about the governor's race, talk that started the afternoon of June 2 when Tim Pawlenty announced he would not run for a third term. In a packed room just off his office, Pawlenty said the decision came early so others could get into the race.


They did.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.