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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sen. John Howen defeats political newcomer in North Dakota GOP primary

BISMARK, ND ( Associated Press) — U.S. Sen. John Howen easily won North Dakota’s Republican primary Tuesday, leaving behind an unknown and poorly funded political nascent ahead of November’s match, when he was again a heavy favorite. is likely to.

Hoeven defeated Riley Kuntz, an oil field worker who said Howen had been in Washington for too long, but who raised less than $5,000 for his long-shot bid. Hoeven, seeking his third term at age 65, raised more than $3.2 million in the run-up to the primary.

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University of Jamestown engineering professor Katarina Christiansen had Democratic support in that party’s primary, where she faced Michael Steele, a Fargo art and antiques dealer.

Both Christiansen and Steele were largely unknown outside their hometowns, and they raised very little money – about $21,000 by Christiansen and $2,100 by Steele.

Hoeven won both of his previous Senate terms with over 76 percent of the vote.

GOP US Representative Kelly Armstrong was elected unopposed for a second term. Democrat Mark Haugen, also unopposed, his November rival is Bismarck’s Haugen, a University of Mary graduate advisor and has long worked as a paramedic.

Hoeven was first elected to the Senate in 2010, after longtime Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan retired.

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Hoeven was elected governor in 2000, after seven years as president of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. In 2008, he became the first person elected to a third four-year term as chief executive of North Dakota. A former Democrat, Hoeven switched parties four years before his first successful gubernatorial run.

Hoeven was stunned at the GOP convention in April, when he won the GOP support of delegates over the leader of the party’s ultra-conservative wing. Bismarck State Representative Rick Baker portrayed Hoeven as a big spender, big government politician who had lost touch with his conservative base.

Hoeven opposed it, citing his involvement in North Dakota’s economic development and highlighting his opposition to most of President Joe Biden’s policies. Hoeven received a video message of support from former President Donald Trump.

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