November 22, 2009

THERE ARE NO SAFE SEATS:

Will Gov. John Hoeven run against Sen. Byron Dorgan? (Associated Press, 11/02/09)

North Dakota Republican state legislators and officials have had no better luck than anyone else in prodding Gov. John Hoeven for hints about whether he'll run against Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan next year.

Four GOP lawmakers who raised the subject in a meeting with Hoeven in his Capitol office last week said the governor gave them no hints about his plans, although one participant said he believes Hoeven will make the race.

"I think he feels a responsibility to do it," said Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier. "Maybe I'm a little optimistic in my thinking, but I do believe he's giving it serious consideration." [...]

Republican activists say Hoeven may be following the playbook of South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, who delayed announcing his successful 2004 campaign against incumbent Democrat Thomas Daschle, the Senate's Democratic leader, until January 2004.

North Dakota GOP activists say a Hoeven-Dorgan fight could rival the Thune-Daschle campaign in spending and national attention.


And result.

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