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ST. PAUL | Republican Norm Coleman won’t seek a return to the Senate in 2012 in a Minnesota race that would have pitted him against Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Interviewed on the online ABC “Top Line” program Tuesday, Mr. Coleman said he won’t run, rather that he would “leave that task to others.”

No one has formally stepped up as an opponent to Mrs. Klobuchar, who won her race convincingly in 2006.

Mr. Coleman served one term in the Senate, losing a nail-biter in 2008 to Democrat Al Franken. After a recount and court case, 312 votes separated the two.

Mr. Coleman heads up the American Action Network, a group that pumped millions of dollars into congressional races last fall to aid Republicans.