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Published November 16, 2010, 10:08 AM

North Dakota GOP Picks Leaders

The Republican majority leaders in the North Dakota Legislature will have another two years in their jobs.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Republican majority leaders in the North Dakota Legislature will have another two years in their jobs.

Fargo Rep. Al Carlson was elected as the GOP House majority leader Monday night without opposition. In the Senate, Bismarck Sen. Bob Stenehjem was unchallenged for another term.

Among Republican lawmakers, the only contested election Monday night was for House speaker. Arnegard Rep. David "Skip" Drovdal won the job after five ballots.

Drovdal defeated Fargo Rep. Kathy Hawken. The race was between Drovdal, Hawken and Minot Rep. Larry Bellew. Bellew was eliminated on the first ballot.

In the first four ballots, the winner needed at least 35 votes. When nobody got that many, the fifth vote was held and Drovdal got 33 votes to Hawken's 32.

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