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Published December 16, 2009, 02:22 PM

SD Lawmaker Pushing ND Gov to Make Senate Run

A South Dakota state lawmaker is using the Facebook social network to nudge North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven into a U.S. Senate race.

A South Dakota state lawmaker is using the Facebook social network to nudge North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven into a U.S. Senate race.

State Rep. Dan Lederman helped to start a page to draft the Republican governor into a race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

A number of North Dakota Republican officials have already signed on, including Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and state party Chairman Gary Emineth.

Lederman represents a district in South Dakota's southeastern corner. He and his three brothers run a bail bond agency with offices in North Dakota, South Dakota and seven other states.

Lederman says he's never met Hoeven. A Hoeven spokesman says the governor hasn't decided whether he'll run against Dorgan.

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