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Rep. Kelly Armstrong wins North Dakota Republican gubernatorial primary
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Rep. Kelly Armstrong wins North Dakota Republican gubernatorial primary

Gov. Doug Burgum and former President Donald Trump had endorsed different candidates.

U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota won the state's Republican gubernatorial primary contest, defeating Lieutenant Governor Tammy Miller.

The primary win may put Armstrong on track to win the governorship later this year — the state has not had a Democratic governor in more than three decades.

'Kelly Armstrong has my Complete and Total Endorsement...'

While current North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum endorsed Miller, Trump endorsed Armstrong.

"Congressman Kelly Armstrong is running for Governor of North Dakota, a State that I love, and WON BIG in 2016 and 2020. In Congress, Kelly strongly defended me through two SHAM Impeachments, and is 100% MAGA. As your next Governor, Kelly will work tirelessly to grow the Economy, stop Inflation, cut Taxes and Regulations, secure our Border, protect North Dakota from Federal Overreach, defend our always under siege Second Amendment, strengthen our Military/Vets, and put our Incredible Farmers, Ranchers, and Energy Producers FIRST. Kelly Armstrong has my Complete and Total Endorsement to be the next Governor of the Great State of North Dakota - HE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!" Trump declared on Truth Social.

Last year, Burgum launched a Republican presidential primary bid but then later dropped out.

Armstrong has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019.

"I want to congratulate Congressman Armstrong on his hard-fought campaign and victory," Miller said in a statement. "I'm endorsing Congressman Armstrong and encourage my supporters to get behind his campaign this fall."

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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