N.D. governor will run for open U.S. Senate seatby Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
Fargo, N.D. — North Dakota Republican Gov. John Hoeven announced he will run for that state's open U.S. Senate seat. Incumbent Democrat Byron Dorgan announced last week he will not seek re-election.
Hoeven is serving his third term as governor of North Dakota. As he announced his candidacy Monday night, Hoeven touted his record in running the state, saying he's cut taxes by $400 million and created 40,000 jobs.
Hoeven said he would bring a common-sense approach to the U.S. Senate.
"Together we've proven that if we work hard and make government a partner instead of an obstacle to progress, we can create jobs, we can balance our budget, and we can develop the resources we need to create a better and brighter future not just for ourselves, but for our children," Hoeven said.
Fargo businessman Paul Sorum will challenge Hoeven for the Republican endorsement. He says Hoeven is not conservative enough to represent the state's Republicans in the Senate.
There are no announced Democratic candidates for the North Dakota Senate seat.