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Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall announces Wednesday that he is leaving the job of House minority leader to consider running for governor. He is the first of what is expected to be many Republicans to announce an exploratory campaign. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Republicans mull governor's race

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - There's a whole lot of thinking going on.

Republicans across Minnesota are weighing the pros and cons of jumping into the governor's race now that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has bowed out.

Two western Minnesota state representatives -- Marty Seifert of Marshall and Morrie Lanning of Moorhead - on Wednesday said they are thinking about it. Seifert said he is strongly considering it; Lanning was a bit less certain.

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