MINOT, N.D. — It can be hard to see through the cloud of anxiety and consternation that is the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 2020 campaign season is upon us, and interesting things are happening.
Perhaps most interesting in the cycle so far is Gov. Doug Burgum’s aggressive moves to influence outcomes on the June primary ballot, which feature several Republican versus Republican races for state and local offices.
Burgum has intervened in the treasurer race, choosing state Rep. Tom Beadle of Fargo over state Rep. Dan Johnston of Kathryn (who has been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, outgoing Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, and Auditor Josh Gallion).
The Dakota Leadership PAC is spending money in those races. They’re paying for mailers for their preferred candidates, for instance.