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Rep. Keith Ellison won’t run for U.S. Senate in ’18

December 13, 2017 GMT

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will not run in Minnesotas special U.S. Senate election in 2018, according to a source close to the Minneapolis congressman.

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to the Senate seat in question on Wednesday morning, and Smith is expected to announce she will run for the seat next year.

Ellison, their fellow Democrat, had earlier signaled that he would consider the Senate race next year. But a source familiar with his thinking told the Star Tribune hed taken it off the table.

Ellison is a long-serving DFL congressman who also serves as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, so he could have presented a formidable challenge to Smith.

It remains to be seen if Smiths entry in the 18 race will clear the Democratic field in the race to replace Sen. Al Franken, who is resigning soon. The special election next year could also draw a big name on the Republican side, with former Gov. Tim Pawlentys name in the mix.

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