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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday afternoon that he will not seek a third term as Minnesota governor. File photo

Pawlenty says it is time to leave

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be around for a third term, but today promised to remain active as the state's chief executive.

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"This is not a wake," the 48-year-old governor said in announcing he would step down after his second four-year term ends early in 2011.

Pawlenty said he has not thought about what his next political step may be, although Republicans across the country like him as a potential presidential contender.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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