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Norm Coleman: I Won't Run For Senate Against Klobuchar In 2012 (VIDEO)


Coleman previously served as mayor of St. Paul, having been originally elected as a Democrat but then switched parties to the Republicans. He was elected to the Senate in 2002, defeating former Vice President Walter Mondale after the incumbent Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash a week and a half before election day.

The 2008 Senate race against Democratic activist and former comedian Al Franken resulted in a recount and months of litigation, after Coleman's initial lead of just over 200 votes was reversed in the recount. Franken eventually won by a final certified margin of 312 votes out of 2.9 million. Coleman ultimately conceded after a ruling against his claims by the state Supreme Court, and Franken was sworn into office in July 2009.