Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat Anderson has called a press conference for 10 a.m. this morning at the state Capitol to make a "significant announcement" regarding her campaign. Several media outlets are reporting that she plans to announce she is dropping out of the 2010 governor's race and instead will run for her old job as state auditor.
Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reported the news last night and notes that she has already changed her Facebook page and Twitter profile to reflect she is running for state auditor. Here is a link to his blog post.
Anderson had struggled to gain traction in the race and ranked a distant third in a GOP straw poll from October. State Rep. Marty Seifert won that poll with state Rep. Tom Emmer coming in second.
Three other Republicans are running for state auditor -- St. Paul school board member Tom Conlon, Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert and Auditor's office employee Jeffrey Wit. Current Democratic State Auditor Rebecca Otto has announced she is running for re-election.
And just as Anderson is dropping out of the governor's race, another Republican has entered. Republican Bob Carney, Jr. announced yesterday he is running for governor. Carney made the announcement after placing 10th in the election for Minneapolis mayor in November. Here is a link to Pioneer Press Reporter Bill Salisbury's story about Carney. The means there are seven Republicans still in the running for governor.