Despite Burgum’s Money, Primary Races Mostly Played Out as Expected

MINOT, N.D. — It’s the day after an election day, which means it’s the time when losing candidates must scramble to find an excuse for why they lost that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the voters just liked the other candidate better.

In the lead-up to last night’s balloting, there was a lot of talk about the millions of personal wealth North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum spent on backing his preferred candidates. In a podcast interview yesterday, state Rep. Rick Becker, a Bismarck Republican and founder of the Bastiat Caucus, likened Burgum’s involvement in these races to an attempt to buy the Legislature.

He called the move “crap.”

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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