(CNN) – The governorship for North Dakota will remain in Republican hands with Governor Jack Dalrymple beating his Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor, CNN has projected.
Dalrymple was seeking a full term in the office previously held by fellow Republican John Hoeven, who resigned in late 2010 after winning the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Byron Dorgan.
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Taylor, currently serves as the state senate minority leader. Although there is a tight U.S. Senate race in the state this year, Dalrymple appeared to have all the advantages heading into November. Republicans have had a lock on the governorship since 1992. Hoeven easily won re-election to a third term in 2008 with a whopping 74 percent of the vote.
Although Obama lost here by a relatively close margin in 2008, he is not expected to offer down-ballot Democrats much help this year.
Roland Riemers, a real estate investor who originally ran on the Libertarian ticket, and Paul Sorum, a Fargo architect, ran as independents in the race.