Former St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman suspends his run for governor

Coleman finished 5th in the DFL precinct caucuses straw poll.

Former St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman has suspended his gubernatorial campaign.

In a post on Facebook, Coleman thanks his supporters and says his campaign gave him an "incredible opportunity to travel to every area of Minnesota and meet with people from all walks of life."

While not citing a specific reason for his withdrawal, he notes that the 2018 field for DFL candidates is "very strong."

Coleman did however lag behind his rivals in the Minnesota DFL precinct caucuses straw poll of candidates, garnering just over 11 percent of the vote. 

This put him behind U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state auditor Rebecca Otto, state Rep. Erin Murphy and "uncommitted" voters.

Here's what he wrote to supporters on Facebook.

For the past 15 months, I've had the incredible opportunity to travel to every area of Minnesota and meet with people from all different walks of life. I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received. So, it is with a heavy heart that I announce today the suspension of my campaign for Governor of Minnesota. Minnesota is a special state with truly amazing residents. Hearing your stories, your hopes and fears, was an inspiration as I did the hard work of campaigning to be your Governor.

The 2018 DFL field for governor is very strong. As the candidates continue to campaign, I encourage each of you to stay true to our shared progressive values: good jobs for working families, universal health care and a retirement that we can all depend on. In a time of growing wealth inequality, we must continue to remind Minnesotans that economic security is what the DFL has always stood for. We have an opportunity in 2018 to establish a DFL majority in the state legislature and elect a governor who will continue to advance the cause of progress for all Minnesotans.

Though I hoped to be that governor, rest assured that I will be right there with you, working to make sure that we make the most of this opportunity.Finally, I want to thank my supporters, volunteers, friends, family, and staff, for standing with me throughout, not only this campaign, but the past 12 years in the City of Saint Paul. I especially want to thank Connie, Molly, and Aidan, for always believing in this work and in me. No one person is responsible for all that we have achieved, and I am grateful to everyone who was and remains committed to our collective future. Thank you.

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