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Published March 27, 2012, 09:38 AM

Duane Sand to Bypass Republican Endorsement Process

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Duane Sand says he's bypassing the North Dakota Republican Party's endorsing convention in Bismarck this weekend and taking his campaign straight to the June primary.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Duane Sand says he's bypassing the North Dakota Republican Party's endorsing convention in Bismarck this weekend and taking his campaign straight to the June primary.

Sand says he thinks the upcoming election is "the most important ... of our lifetimes," and he wants to give voters a choice in the primary.

Sand and Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Berg both are seeking the Senate seat held by Democrat Kent Conrad, who is not seeking re-election. Sand's decision means he and Berg likely will square off in the Republican primary for the right to face Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

Sand is not the first North Dakota candidate for Congress to announce he's skipping the traditional candidate selection process. Republican U.S. House hopeful Kevin Cramer also is doing it.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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