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Howe agrees to stay out of race

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ST. PAUL -- Former state Sen. John Howe called reporters to a news conference late Thursday afternoon to announce what he already promised: that he will not challenge Dan Severson in the Republican secretary of state's race.

Last weekend at the Republican state convention, Howe pledged to abide by the delegates' endorsement, which went to Severson. But, he said, many Republicans have contacted him urging him to break his pledge.

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