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David Hann won't run for governor

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Minnesota Senate Republican leader David Hann on Friday took his name out of the speculation swirl that surrounds the Minnesota governor's race, announcing that he will not launch a campaign.

Hann said his job leading the Senate GOP “deserves my full attention.”

Hann talked a potential gubernatorial bid over with family, friends and supporters in recent weeks, but he decided against it, the Pioneer Press reported.

“I look forward to working with all our Republican candidates in 2014 and will do all I can to support them,” he said.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has said he is committed to running for a second term. His announced GOP challengers include: State Sen. David Thompson of Lakeville; former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have also announced they're running for governor.

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