2012 Watch

Pawlenty Won't Seek Third Term

One-senator state Minnesota will have to find a new governor in 2010: Tim Pawlenty has announced that he will not seek a third term, leading many to speculate that he is paving the way for a 2012 presidential run. According to Ben Smith, “The move also frees him from the strictures of tough Minnesota campaign finance laws, which made presidential fundraising tough.” That’s bad news for Al Franken: Keeping Franken out of the Senate may frustrate Minnesotans, but probably plays well with the national Republican base.