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Published February 24, 2012, 05:10 PM

Tom Potter Ends Bid For Senate Seat

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Dr. Tom Potter announced Friday afternoon that he's ending his bid for the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Ken Conrad.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Dr. Tom Potter announced Friday afternoon that he's ending his bid for the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kent Conrad.

"I want to thank all of my supporters and donors and I want to wish Heidi Heitkamp well, as she continues to move on in her Senate bid, and if I'm going to lose an election, I want it to be someone of Heidi's stature," Potter said in a media release.

North Dakota Democrats will endorse their favored Senate candidate at the party's convention in Grand Forks next month.

Dem-NPL Chairman Greg Hodur said while Potter was running, "Democrats around the state came to know him as a hard working, talented and thoughtful individual and an enthusiastic supporter of the party's principles and mission."

Potter is a pastor at a Presbyterian church in Red Lake Falls, Minn., and a former finance professor at the University of North Dakota. He's also the husband of former Grand Forks representative Louise "Weezie" Potter.

"I want to recognize Dr. Tom Potter for his gracious withdrawal from the race, and thank him for his kind words on my behalf. I appreciate his willingness to put himself forward as a candidate for public service and his family's hard work. I know Tom cares for our state and its people every bit as much as I do. I promise I won't let him down in this race,” Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp said.

U.S. Rep. Rick Berg and Bismarck businessman Duane Sand are competing for the Republican Senate endorsement.

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