ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Longtime Democratic state Rep. Tina Liebling is ending her campaign for governor.

The Rochester lawmaker announced Monday she was dropping from the race. Liebling had struggled to gain traction and fundraising in the wide-open race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton. She says it was clear she could not win the DFL endorsement.

Her exit leaves U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Auditor Rebecca Otto and state Rep. Erin Murphy in the race on the Democratic side. The Republican field remains unsettled as former Gov. Tim Pawlenty considers running for his old job.

Liebling says she will run for an eighth term in her Rochester-area House district.

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Comments (2)
  1. Clara McIver says:

    Thanks to Tina Liebling for adding her voice to the mix in the guv race. Win that eighth term in St Paul and keep your voice in the legislature.

  2. Shawn Olson says:

    Thank you Tina for such bold progressive leadership. Fighting the good fight for Single Payer, the environment, tuition free higher education, a $15 minimum wage, and other things are very important. You opposed Polymet, Twin Metals, and Enbridge Line 3 when those were very risky stances too.

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