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Published August 16, 2011, 05:26 PM

Dalrymple Giving 'Really Serious Thought' to 2012 Bid For Governor

Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he’s still weighing a bid for a full term but he added there isn’t anything to stop him from jumping in the 2012 race.

By: Kristin M. Daum, Forum Communications

FARGO – Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he’s still weighing a bid for a full term but he added there isn’t anything to stop him from jumping in the 2012 race.

With several floods this summer and other ongoing issues across North Dakota, Dalrymple told The Forum’s editorial board that he hasn’t had time to decide on a gubernatorial run.

“We’ve literally been going nonstop working on floods and everything else, so it’s not like we’ve had a lot of contemplation time,” Dalrymple said.

“But I have told people: There is nothing in Betsy’s and my life right now that would stand in our way from seeking the office, if we decide to do that,” he added. “We’re giving it really serious thought.”

Dalrymple said he would announce his decision no later than this fall.

After 10 years as North Dakota’s lieutenant governor, Dalrymple ascended to the top job in December 2010, when then-Gov. John Hoeven was sworn in to the U.S. Senate.

If he chose to run, Dalrymple would be the Republican frontrunner in the 2012 gubernatorial race – but he wouldn’t be without competition.

Fargo architect and tea party backer Paul Sorum announced earlier this summer that he’ll seek the GOP nomination for the race during the party convention next spring.

Sorum, 49, took on Hoeven in the 2010 Senate race but failed to receive the party endorsement.

No Democrat has yet declared for the race, but former attorney general and 2000 gubernatorial candidate Heidi Heitkamp is widely expected to run.

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