January 11th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP gets top candidate in North Dakota

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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Filed under: North Dakota • Senate
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. susanj

    She'll fit right in – all of them are liars.

    January 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Video Guy

    He is a good Governor, has done a outstanding job. His only fault is that he is a republican. Being a republican I will not vote for him.

    January 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Kyle, Virginia

    Keep the GOP out of congress until they come up with solutions and stop complaining about everything under the sun.

    January 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Daniel G.

    That'll do. Kiss your 60 Seat Majority Goodbye Dems.

    January 11, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. eric in Denver

    Easy GOP pickup. This will be the first of many!!!! Get used to it party of socialism change is a coming and this time it will be a good change!!!!

    January 11, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    Republicans will win this seat and others including Harry Reid's seat in the Senate. Republicans will win gain enough seats in the Senate to support a fillibuster and stop the passing of bills that a majority of Americans do not want passed.
    Cap and trade should be dead without a Republican fillibuster now. Professor Mojib Lafit, a top UN proponent of global warming has just said that we are in the beggining of a 30 year mini ice age. He is saying that it is being caused by ocean currents and that ocean currents may have been the cause for the warming from 1980 to 2000.
    Rip up Cap and Trade.

    January 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Hey CNN – don't leave out the fact that Hoeven was trouncing Dorgan by 20 points even before he announced.

    Hope you enjoyed your 2 years in power, Dems.

    January 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Roger

    It is a very conservative state even as a democrat I feel it should be held by a republican, look what democrat Ben Nelson, also from ND has done to the health care bill, made it into a major mess. Nelson has to act like a republican to keep his seat & it does neither side any good. If I were in charge I would let Hoeven run unopposed...

    January 11, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Taliban wants to tell the people of North Dakota how to act and their women what they can do with their bodies. Elect the Republican candidate people of North Dakota and buy all your women folk burkas!! Take a lesson from the people of Virginia, who are crying now at what they did...

    January 11, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. George

    CAN he say NO? If so, GOP he's your man. Don't help by all means, just pout and say NO!!!

    January 11, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Bye bye filibuster proof majority. Perhaps when Democrats have to deal with Republicans rather than just talking about how tthey are the party of No we will see some actual meaningful and helpful legislation or maybe the Republicans will get the majority an remember the nasty treatment and demeaning talk of the democrats during their short term in the majority. Watch for all those liberals that are left to call for bipartisanship then. I hope the Republicans will remember the murdering womanizer Teddy Kennedy screwed over George Bush when he tried bipartisanship with a liberal.

    January 11, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Shibumi

    Let the 2010 Democrapic Bloodbath begin....................

    January 11, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Mary Rabus

    So I guess CNN and the main stream media will be spinning this one to say that he may not win because ....
    When will you guys stop slanting the news. CNN your reporting is condescending and biased. When do you call out Dems for their spin and inaccurate reporting of events? You are quick to do a stupid poll to say Americans have confidence in Obama handling terrorism. He is the president, we should have confidence. What about reporting that same poll says that a majority thinks the underwear bomber should be tried in a military court. Why not report that as well.

    January 11, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    Time to get the passport in order, apply for refuge status and move tyo Denmark! Help, the GOP could get North Dakota! Heaven, Help us now! Lived in Minot some many years ago. OK place.

    January 11, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Beverly in NC

    Having a candidate and having a qualified person who can win are two different things. NO ONE wants another Republican in Congress. They are just do-nothings who have played political games with our lives this entire year. What do Republicans have to run on? They tell great lies. They love racist, gun-toting tea party lunatics. They support disrespectful extremist rednecks like Joe Wilson who yelled at our President during a joint session of Congress. They let hate-spewing radio and TV entertainers run their Party. They voted NO on every piece of legislation this year. They refused to be involved in creating the healthcare bill because the insurance companies paid them to kill any healthcare reform. They called for America to fail. WOW – what a great group of values these traitors have! And they think Americans are going to put these corrupt nation-detroyers in office??? They need to take some of what Limbaugh is taking.

    January 11, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |