GOP candidate leaving governor’s race

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The race to replace Mark Dayton as governor in next year’s election has one less contestant.

Blake Huffman, a republican currently serving as Ramsey County Commissioner, is looking to instead focus his energies on Journey Home, a nonprofit that develops housing for veterans in Minnesota. He has officially ended the campaign for governorship he began less than six months ago.

Here is what he had to say, in a statement released on Twitter:

But not to worry. There are plenty of other candidates still in the running. Seventeen to be exact. Here is a list

Mark Dayton (DFL), who has served two terms, will not be seeking reelection.