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Published February 03, 2010, 08:55 AM

Tracy Potter to Seek Senate

Bismarck state Sen. Tracy Potter is preparing a bid for the Democratic endorsement to run for the U.S. Senate.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck state Sen. Tracy Potter is

preparing a bid for the Democratic endorsement to run for the U.S.

Senate.

Potter said he is holding a news conference at a Fargo store on

Friday to announce his intentions. Friends said Potter will become

the first declared Democratic candidate for the Senate. Incumbent

Democrat Byron Dorgan isn't seeking re-election.

Republican Gov. John Hoeven and Fargo architect Paul Sorum are

seeking the Republican Senate endorsement.

Potter represents parts of central and western Bismarck. He is

up for re-election to his North Dakota Senate seat this year, and

he could still make the race if Democrats don't pick him to run for

the Washington job.

The 59-year-old Potter is president of the Fort Abraham Lincoln

Foundation in Mandan.

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