Minnesota Republicans are reaching out to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty about running in a race to replace Sen. Al Franken.
Franken says he is resigning after accusations by several women of sexual misconduct. That sets up a November 2018 election to serve the final two years of his term.
Republicans have also identified former Sen. Norm Coleman as a possible candidate.
Coleman has already posted on his personal Facebook page that he won't run. He narrowly lost to Franken in 2008 in a close election that included a monthslong vote count.
Pawlenty ran for president in 2012.
Sen. Al Franken says he's been an advocate for women. That's even as he resigns amid a torrent of sexual misconduct accusations.
The Minnesota Democrat says he's used his position "to be a champion of women." He says despite the allegations, "I know who I really am."
He says, "Even on the worst day of my political life, I feel like it's all been worth it."