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The race for governor in Minnesota provided the most visible nailbiter of Election Night, but incumbent Tim Pawlenty pulled out a re-election bid by just 22,000 votes over Attorney General Mike Hatch. Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson finished a distant third, but retained major-party status for the Independents.

But Pawlenty's second term looks to be significantly different with the loss of every other Republican in the executive branch and the DFL success in gaining control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Candidates

Walt E. Brown (Quit Raising Taxes)

Leslie Davis (American Party)

Document Mike Hatch (D)

Document Peter Hutchinson (I)

Document Tim Pawlenty (R)

Ken Pentel (Green)

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The Money Race

CandidateFunds
Tim Pawlenty $2,027,650
Mike Hatch $1,023,446
Peter Hutchinson $16,210
Becky Lourey $9,000

Withdrawn Candidates

Document Kelly Doran (D)

Document Pam Ellison (I)

Document Sue Jeffers (R)

Document Steve Kelley (D)

Document Becky Lourey (D)

Document Bud Philbrook (D)

A political newcomer who calls himself a centrist Democrat has entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton. Kelly Doran will use some of his personal wealth as he woos moderate Democrats in the race. (06/05/2005)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking Attorney General Mike Hatch to consider stepping aside in the event a budget impasse requires a court order to keep critical state services running. (06/03/2005)
Steve Kelley, a suburban Democrat who has become one of his party's leading voices on technology and education issues, embarked on a campaign for governor Wednesday. (06/01/2005)
Senate candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar and Patty Wetterling each list assets of less than $1 million in financial disclosure forms while a fourth candidate said his assets and liabilities both exceed $50 million, according to an Associated Press review. (05/27/2005)
The lineup card for Minnesota's 2006 governor's race is starting to fill up. Two more potential challengers to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty took steps this week toward running. (05/26/2005)
Attorney General Mike Hatch has taken another step toward running for governor in 2006. Hatch sent a fundraising letter to DFL contributors, asking them to help him finance a gubernatorial campaign. While the election is still a year and a half away, Hatch isn't the only Democrat considering the governor's race. (05/25/2005)
A little known real estate developer announced Monday that he will challenge child-safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for the Minnesota DFL's nomination in the 2006 U.S. Senate race. (05/16/2005)
There's talk among some Republicans that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty might be a good candidate for president or vice president in 2008. Some say in addition to being in line with the GOP on the issues, Pawlenty could help win votes from Minnesota and other Midwestern battleground states. (04/08/2005)