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Two Hats That Will Not Be Thrown into the Rings

Two more Republicans who were thinking about campaigns for governor are officially declaring that they’re not running – former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo in Colorado and Charlie Weaver in Minnesota.

In Colorado, that’s good news for Scott McInnis, who now should have smooth sailing in the GOP primary, and will face embattled incumbent Democrat Bill Ritter.

In Minnesota, Weaver had a long and varied résumé – a former Republican state legislator, chief of staff to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for Gov. Jesse Ventura, and criminal prosecutor for Anoka County — but ultimately decided he couldn’t make the time commitment. Several  GOP state legislators have already indicated an interest in running; the biggest name, still undecided, is former senator Norm Coleman.

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