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House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall says he is looking into running for governor, the first Republican to make such an announcement since Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he is not running again. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Republicans mull governor's race

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ST. PAUL - There's a whole lot of thinking going on.

Republicans across Minnesota are weighing the pros and cons of jumping into the governor's race now that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has bowed out.


Two western Minnesota state representatives -- Marty Seifert of Marshall and Morrie Lanning of Moorhead - on Wednesday said they are thinking about it. Seifert said he is strongly considering it; Lanning was a bit less certain.

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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.