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On This Day In 2002: Gov. Jesse Ventura Won't Run Again In Minn.

June 18, 2002:

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Jesse Ventura, a former pro wrestler who shocked the world — or at least Minnesota — when he was elected governor in 1998 as a candidate of the Reform Party, announces he won't seek a second term.

Ventura's term has been marked by clashes with Democrats, Republicans and the media, and recently his popularity among the electorate has declined.

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