The NRA places its bet in North Dakota’s Republican Senate primary, and it’s not on Rick Becker


Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, looks at the tally board on Tuesday during the 83-9 House vote on HB1169, a change to the North Dakota constitution allowing the carrying of a concealed firearm. Becker was a co-sponsor of the bill.

MINOT, N.D. — The National Rifle Association, a hugely consequential organization for conservatives, has endorsed U.S. Senate incumbent John Hoeven over state Rep. Rick Becker, his challenger in the Republican primary.

“Thank you again for your steadfast support of the Second Amendment,” John Ouimet, chairman of the NRA’s political arm, wrote to Hoeven in a letter. “Good luck in the 2022 North Dakota Republican Convention, and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

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