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Duluth's Van Nett withdraws from Minnesota Senate race with tweet

The candidate expressed dissatisfaction with the incumbent senator even as she dropped her political challenge.

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Renee Van Nett
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DULUTH — Renee Van Nett took to Twitter Friday night to announce her exit from the District 8 Minnesota Senate race. The 4th District Duluth City Council member had challenged incumbent Sen. Jen McEwen but failed to receive the DFL endorsement.

Nevertheless, she had remained in the race until an 8:14 p.m. tweet that said: “Greetings to my supporters — Thank you all for your support of my campaign to represent Duluth in Senate District 8. I write today to share that I’m ending my campaign for this important role.”

One minute later, she followed up with a second tweet that took aim at McEwen, saying: “As a current City Councilor, I know what needs to happen for Duluth and our current Senator is not doing it. This exit is not an endorsement for her. I do expect that she does her job as a Senator — because Duluth deserves better.”

Then, Van Nett tweeted: “As a strong democrat, I will continue to advocate for true DFL values in any room and will raise the voices of Duluthians, native folks, and the labor industry in our community and region. Thank you to my supporters and allies. I will always work alongside and fight with you.”

Her fourth and final tweet said: “I am honored to have had your support and continued friendship. This serves as my statement on this campaign, I do not plan to speak publicly on this further.”

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Van Nett did not return a call from the News Tribune Friday night.

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