Hann drops out of governor’s race

Devin Henry

Republican David Hann, a state senator from Eden Prairie, has dropped out of the Minnesota governor’s race, he announced today.

Sen. David Hann

Hann acknowledged that he struggled to get both popular and financial backing in the race.

"There’s no secret that to do this, you need to have financial support and you need to have delegate support. And those things are related," Hann told Minnesota Public Radio. "After we took a week or so to assess this, it just didn’t look very likely that we would be able to make sufficient progress."

Hann took third place in the Feb. 2 Republican Party precinct caucus straw polls, but the 5 percent of the vote he got paled in comparison to front runners Reps. Marty Seifert (50 percent) and Tom Emmer (39 percent).

He also struggled in the money race, raising only $35,000 in 2009, second-to-last of the Republican candidates.

Hann will run for re-election in his Senate district, which he has represented since 2002.