Anderson to drop gov bid and run for auditor

Republican Pat Anderson’s campaign announced that she’ll hold a news conference at 10AM tomorrow to make a major announcement. She declined to discuss the specifics in advance but two people with knowledge of her plans say she will drop her campaign for governor and will run for State Auditor. Anderson held that office between 2003 and 2007 but lost her reelection bid to Democrat Rebecca Otto.

Anderson is already making moves to suggest a run for Auditor. She changed her twitter account and created a Facebook page that features her run for State Auditor. There are three other Republicans currently running for State Auditor. They are former St. Paul school board member Tom Conlon, Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert and Auditor’s office employee Jeffrey Wiita.

Otto announced today that she’s running for a second term.

Anderson’s campaign for governor struggled to gain traction in a crowded field. She finished a distant third to Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer in an October straw poll of party delegates. Her decision to drop out narrows the GOP field to six candidates but former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman is still considering whether to get into the race.

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