Washington (CNN) – Gov. John Hoeven will announce Monday evening that he is running for the open Senate seat in North Dakota, one week after Sen. Byron Dorgan revealed he would retire, a Republican source with knowledge of the GOP governor's plans confirms to CNN.
Dorgan's decision to retire after serving three terms in the Senate makes Hoeven an early favorite to win the election and put the seat back in the Republican column. Dorgan was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and currently serves as chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.
Hoeven, a popular governor first elected in 2000, is expected to make the announcement at the Bismarck Area Republican District Convention being held in the state capital.
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