North Dakota’s Republican governor to run for US president. According to a source, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum plans to run for president in 2024, joining a swelling field of Republicans seeking to unseat Donald Trump.
The person said Burgum, serving his second term as the sparsely populated state’s top official, will announce his campaign on June 7 in Fargo. Governor’s office rejected the comment.
Burgum, 66, sold his profitable software company to Microsoft Corp. in 2001. The person familiar with his intentions said he would likely portray himself as a classic conservative focused on the economy and national security, advocating for low taxes and fewer regulations.
A Republican political consultant, Jeanette Hoffman, called Burgum a long shot for the nomination but said he has a compelling personal narrative and represents a steady hand who might appeal to Trump-weary voters.
“Right now, GOP primary voters are like, ‘Who?'” she remarked. “But this could be an open field and he has a story to tell.”
President Joe Biden, who is anticipated to win the Democratic nomination for a second term but is vulnerable due to economic headwinds and low approval ratings, is facing a growing field of Republicans.
Reuters/Ipsos polls from May 9-15 found 49% of Republicans support Trump, with 19% supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The poll shows former Vice President Mike Pence at 5% and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at 4%.
Burgum, who won re-election in 2020 with more than two-thirds of the vote, passed one of the nation’s harshest anti-abortion legislation last month. He also signed the highest state income tax decrease.