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Published May 20, 2011, 07:03 PM

Kalk Drops Bid For Senate, to Run For House

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk announced that he will drop his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate endorsement and seek the House of Representatives endorsement at the 2012 Republican state convention.

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk announced that he will drop his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate endorsement and seek the House of Representatives endorsement at the 2012 Republican state convention.

"It is apparent that both Congressman Berg and I have very passionate committed supporters in the Republican Party. That passionate support, on both sides, is a vivid example of the strength of our Party as we move to 2012. It does, however, create a possible and dangerous split coming out of the convention. While I remain convinced that we would have emerged with the endorsement, I am not willing to risk a divided party heading into the general election."

"It is vital that North Dakota do its part in securing control of both houses of Congress by electing both a Republican Senator and Congressman."

The retired Marine said that he would seek the U.S. House endorsement at the convention.

"I am a candidate for the Congressional seat now held by Congressman Berg. My background, my knowledge of the issues, my world view, my commitment to energy security, and my record of serving our nation and our state, will give me the tools to be a difference maker in Washington. I will, as always, work for every delegate's vote at the convention and every North Dakotan's vote in November of 2012."

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