Erik Paulsen won’t run for Senate or governor

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) announced Monday that he will not run for the Senate or governor in 2014.

"After thinking carefully about how I can best help my fellow Minnesotans, I have decided to not seek election for a different office in 2014," Paulsen said in a statement.

Paulsen added that the "warm encouragement" he received to run for the Senate or governor "was deeply humbling" but "it is clear to me that the House is currently where I can best represent the people of my district and state."

Paulsen joins fellow Republican Rep. John Kline, who also has ruled out a challenge against Sen. Al Franken (D). Former senator Norm Coleman (R) has also ruled out a run for his old seat or any other office in 2014.

Politico reported earlier this month that wealthy executive Mike McFadden (R) appeared set to launch a campaign against Franken.  Franken's approval rating numbers have been pretty good.

In the governor's race, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) faces reelection next year.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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