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My Take on the 2010 ND Races

Here’s a rundown of how I think the ND races will go:

Secretary of State: Incumbent GOP Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Jaeger. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent GOP Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Stenehjem. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Agriculture Commissioner: Incumbent Democratic State Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Johnson. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

State Tax Commissioner: Incumbent State Tax Commissioner Cory Fong is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Fong. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

US Senate: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Byron Dorgan is retiring. On the GOP side, Governor John Hoeven and Retired Navy Officer and Businessman Duane Sand are in the running. The Democrats side has no announced candidates to date, but potential candidates include Manufacturing Executive Kristin Hedger and former State Attorney General and former State Tax Commissioner Heidi Heitkamp. I expect Hoeven to pound Sand 87-13 and defeat whoever the Democrats nominate. GOP PICKUP.

ND-AL: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Pomeroy. On the GOP side, State PSC Commissioner Kevin Cramer and former University of Mary Football Coach Paul Schaffner are in the running. I expect Cramer to beat Schaffner 71-29 and defeat Pomeroy 53-47. GOP HOLD.

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