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Will Gardner photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Will Gardner Submits Letter to the Secretary of State Declining Primary Nomination

Will Gardner Submits Letter to the Secretary of State Declining Primary Nomination

Yesterday I wrote about the potential for a political headache for Republicans in the Secretary of State race if Will Gardner, who dropped out of the race earlier this year amid scandal but couldn’t by law be removed from the primary ballot, didn’t decline the nomination he won by running unopposed. Last night a NDGOP

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

When Will Gardner Decline the Secretary of State Nomination?

Last night Will Gardner won the Republican Secretary of State nomination with over 54,000 votes. This despite Gardner withdrawing earlier this year amid scandal related to a 2006 disorderly conduct conviction for peeping on college girls in their dorms at North Dakota State University with his pants undone. Absent some action from Gardner his name

House Candidate Kelly Armstrong Clearly Has Some Work to Do in Reuniting Republicans

I wrote earlier this morning about the overall numbers from last night’s primary vote. There were no really competitive races on the statewide ballot, nor were there any statewide ballot measures, but one race did jump out at me with some interesting results. The race for the Republican U.S. House nomination featured four candidates: NDGOP-endorsed

Congressman Kevin Cramer visits with Madison Rodgers, left, and Sierra Heitkamp of the North Dakota Young Republicans Friday at the state Republican convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Cramer Campaign Staffer Was Aware of Will Gardner’s Disorderly Conduct Conviction, Says He Didn’t Know About the Peeping

My print column for Wednesday is online already. It’s about the increasingly bizarre dynamics of North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. I wanted to flag a part of the column in a blog post, however, because I think it’s important. Cramer campaign staffer Jared Hendrix, who

Podcast: “Why Would You Want the Republican Wannabe When You Can Have the Republican?”

“It had nothing to do with complaining about President Trump,” Congressman Kevin Cramer told me today of a recent visit with the Trump administration. That visit has been characterized by some media reports (which, in turn, were hyped by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign) as a gripe session from Cramer who is supposedly upset about the

ND Secretary of State Al Jaeger leaves the podium after his speech seeking the Republican nomination for the office he's held since 1993. Jaeger lost the nomination to Will Gardner at Saturday's convention. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Podcast: Jaeger Talks About Re-Entering Secretary of State Race After Gardner Campaign Implodes

“When that news broke it changed everything.” That’s what incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger told me on my radio show today. He was referring to news that erstwhile Republican Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner, who had defeated Jaeger for the NDGOP’s endorsement earlier this month, was stopping his campaign amid scandal. Jaeger said

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner

Will Gardner’s Campaign Implosion Is Will Gardner’s Fault

When Will Gardner defeated long-time Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger at the NDGOP’s convention earlier this year some factions of the party hailed it as a great victory over “the establishment.” I’m not sure that was really the case. Rather, I think it was rank-and-file North Dakota Republicans deciding that Jaeger had worn out

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner announces his candidacy at a press conference. Gardner has since withdrawn his candidacy amid scandal. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Podcast: NDGOP Chairman Says “Party Will Take a Look At” Background Checks for Candidates

Over the weekend Republican Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner ended his campaign after a bombshell report in the Fargo Forum detailing a disorderly conduct conviction for some very creepy behavior on the NDSU campus back in 2006. That put the NDGOP in an awkward position. As it stands now they have no official candidate

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee. TOM STROMME/Tribune

After Gardner Withdraws, Incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger Announces Run as an Independent

UPDATE: The Grand Forks Herald confirms that Jaeger is running as an independent. I just finished a radio interview with North Dakota Republican Party chairman Rick Berg and we spoke about the situation with former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner from this weekend. Gardner withdrew from the race after a 2006 conviction for window

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