Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline said Friday he's taking his name off the table as a potential challenger against Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.
Franken is unopposed for now, but Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen, Minnesota investment banker Mike McFadden and talk radio host Jason Lewis are rumored to be mulling a run.
Kline says he'll seek re-election in his southern suburban House seat, where he's currently serving his sixth term. His opponents include founder and ex-CEO of CaringBridge Sona Mehring and former state representative Mike Obermueller.
In the governor's race, MPR reports no Republicans have officially announced plans to run against Dayton.
Potential challengers considering a bid for governor (or rumored to be) include: Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville; Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner and Republican National Committee member; Senate Minority Leader David Hann; former House Speaker Kurt Zellers; Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek; state Sen. Julie Rosen; Wayzata investment banker Scott Honour and Minneapolis attorney Ron Schutz.