The North Dakota GOP Convention produced at least one real surprise.

As the Bismarck Tribune reports, party delegates voted during Saturday's convention to endorse Mandan's Will Gardner for Secretary of State, over incumbent Al Jaeger.

Mr. Jaeger announced Sunday that he would not run for the nomination in the upcoming June primary.

U.S. Pre. Kevin Cramer, as expected, accepted the party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Democrat Heidi Heitkamp..
KX News says Sen. John Hoeven gave one of the nomination speeches for Mr. Cramer.
During his acceptance speech, he spoke about the recurring theme he's using in his campaign, "one vote matters."

State Sen. Kelly Armstrong got the party endorsement for Congress, Saturday.
Mr. Armstrong defeated fellow state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton on the first ballot.
Mr. Campbell has not ruled out a primary challenge in June.

Ryan Rauchenberger and Wayne Stenehjem got the expected endorsements from their party to run for re-election.
Mr. Rauchenberger will run again as Tax Comissioner, despite some controversy about his personal struggles with alcohol addiction.
Mr. Stenehjem will run again for Attorney General, an office he's held since 2001.

[Source: Bismarck Tribune, WDAY]



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