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Pawlenty: Won’t seek endorsement in governor race

May 15, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The former Minnesota Governor says he plans to skip next month's Republican state convention and go straight to the August primary. Pawlenty's move means he won't seek the party endorsement. In a statement Tuesday, May 15, 2018, his campaign says the two-term governor entered the race too late for to have a "fair fight" for the endorsement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he plans to skip next month’s Republican state convention and go straight to the August primary.

Pawlenty’s move means he won’t seek the party endorsement. In a statement Tuesday, his campaign says the two-term governor entered the race too late for to have a “fair fight” for the endorsement.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is seen as the front-runner for endorsement, which brings party support and money.

Pawlenty says he’ll make his case to voters in the Aug. 14 primary instead.

Pawlenty entered the race for his old seat last month.

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