Burgum’s bucks did more harm than good in legislative races


MINOT, N.D. — My June 11 column asked a question in the headline: “Has Burgum done more harm than good in North Dakota’s primaries?”

Now that primary day has come and gone, the answer sure seems to be “yes.”

As he’s done in previous cycles, Gov. Doug Burgum poured big money into a political messaging machine focused on surrounding voters in key districts with a blizzard of mailers.

Per the most recent reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, he put more than $1.5 million of his personal wealth into the effort this cycle.

The payoff is a mixed bag.

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