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Rep. Nolan: I won't run for Minnesota governor in 2018

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Rep. Rick Nolan addresses the press on election night 2016.
Vickie Kettlewell for MPR News file

DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday he has decided not to run for Minnesota governor in 2018.

Nolan was giving serious consideration for a run to replace retiring DFL Gov. Mark Dayton but was also feeling pressure to retain his seat in Congress.

"After much thought and consideration with my wife Mary, friends, and family, I have decided not to run for governor of Minnesota. The challenges and consequences of the issues facing our nation in Washington are too important for me to walk away from at this time." Nolan said in a statement Friday. 

His constituents, Nolan said, want him to run again for Congress. 

Nolan, who served a stint in Congress in the 1970s was elected again in 2012 to represent the 8th Congressional District.

The DFL field for governor is already crowded. It includes Nolan's fellow member of Congress Tim Walz, as well as St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, state Reps. Erin Murphy and Tina Liebling, and State Auditor Rebecca Otto.