Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman took to Twitter a little after 10 p.m. Thursday to announce that he will not run for office in 2014.
The Republican had previously said he wouldn't enter into a rematch with DFL Sen. Al Franken next year. Coleman's tweets indicate he's ruled out a run for governor, too:
Coleman is an adviser for the Hogan Lovells law firm in Washington and head of the American Action Network, the Pioneer Press reported.
A January poll indicated Franken would fair well against possible GOP challengers. The survey gave Franken a 6-point edge over Coleman.
With Coleman's high-profile name out of the picture, let a new round of speculating begin.
U.S. Rep. John Kline and U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen have left open the possibility of entering the race with Franken, MPR noted.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has said he's considering a run for governor. Other names that have been floated as potential challengers to Dayton: state Sen. Julie Rosen, state Rep. Kurt Zellers, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and businesssman Scott Honour, MPR reports.