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Kevin Cramer

Fargo philanthropist Burgum seeking GOP nod for governor

Fargo philanthropist and one-time Microsoft executive Doug Burgum said Thursday he wants the Republican bid for North Dakota governor.

Burgum, 59 and a longtime Republican supporter, said he will go to the GOP convention but doesn't expect delegates to choose him for the party's endorsement over Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem — the heavy favorite.

If that's the case, he'll run in the June Republican primary as a Republican, a move that would not be unprecedented.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, who holds North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat, snubbed the Republican state convention in 2012 and allowed five Republican rivals to fight it out for the endorsement. Their...