Smith won’t run for governor in 2018

ST. PAUL (AP) — Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced Friday that she would not run for governor in 2018, shaking up a wide field for the open seat.

Smith had long been viewed as a top contender for governor because of her visible perch as Gov. Mark Dayton’s second-in-command. Outside Republican political groups frequently singled out Smith while laying the groundwork for the 2018 campaign.

But Smith said Friday she decided against a run, announcing the decision on her Facebook page. In an interview, she said it was mostly a personal decision about what she wants to do in her next 10 years.