Doug Wardlow is running for MN attorney general.
The Eagan native lost to AG Keith Ellison in 2018.
The state senator stated Tuesday she would instead seek re-election in her district.
The Republican ultimately lost to Democrat Keith Ellison.
Both candidates had been mired in controversy.
The newspaper says Doug Wardlow and Keith Ellison are too partisan for the office.
The Star Tribune/MPR News poll has the Republican up by 7 points.
The AG candidate's campaign has pushed back, saying the criticism is a smear attempt by the DFL.
Two media outlets applied for the motion.
The Republican had promised to be non-political in office.
First it was Ellison, now Wardlow is coming under increasing scrutiny.