Gaertner ends bid for governor

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner announced today that she is dropping out of the DFL contest for governor.

Gaertner did not seek the DFL endorsement but was planning to run in the Aug. 10 primary. But following the weekend endorsement of Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Gaertner said she changed her mind.

“The reason is simple,” Gaertner said. “With the endorsement of Speaker Kelliher by the DFL, and the presence of two very well funded candidates in the race, I did not see a path to victory.”

Gaertner said she would have made a different decision if DFL delegates endorsed a different candidate. She did not offer her endorsement of Kelliher.

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