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Goehring Gets GOP Nod

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Campaigning for the GOP Ag. Commissioner endorsement began before the convention was even called to order Sunday. 

Judy Estenson and Doug Goehring both lobbied delegates bright and early as they walked into the Minot State Fair Center.

Once the delegates sat down, the party preached unity before candidates gave any nomination speeches.

A coin flip ten-days-ago at Republican Headquarters decided which candidate would address the delegates first.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the stakes are high, but together we can keep this vital office in Republican hands," says Ag. Commissioner Doug Goehring. 

Following Goehring's nomination speech, his backers marched around the convention hall in an impressive show of support.

Then first-time candidate Judy Estenson took center stage.

I believe that we need new leadership to shape the future of North Dakota," says Estenson. 

Estenson's parade of support was smaller, but just as vocal, and then it was time to crunch the numbers.

District chairs distributed ballots, then counted and announced the votes.

As each district chairperson shared the results, delegates kept a running total. District 36 put Goehring over the top. 

The final tally was 624 to 245 in Goehring's favor. Estenson says she won't continue her campaign to the primary.

"I'm not going to run this race any further, I just think that my candidacy is not about dividing the Republicans," says Estenson. 

And Goehring says he's going to focus on his race against Democratic candidate Ryan Taylor.

"Myself and the other state elected officials, all of our legislators, are going to need your help as we go into the fall," says Goehring . 

Goehring and the rest of the Republican candidates endorsed this weekend will be campaigning until the election on Nov. 4.

 

 

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