Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced he is running for governor, “attempting a restoration after eight years out of office that saw his DFL successor move the state in a more progressive direction at odds with Pawlenty’s tenure,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“His entry shakes up the open governor’s race, scrambling a GOP field thus far plagued by a lack of enthusiasm from activists and financial donors. Gov. Mark Dayton is not running after his two terms, and the DFL field to replace him is also still unsettled.”