Trump-backed Rep. Kelly Armstrong wins GOP primary for North Dakota governor over pick Doug Burgum.

representative Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, supported by former President Donald Trumpwon his state’s Republican nomination for governor, defeating Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller, according to Associated Press projects.

Governor. Doug Burgum, who decided not to seek a third term and emerged as a potential running mate for Trump, had supported Miller as his successor. But Trump weighed in late last month by supporting Armstrong, who was considered the favorite to win the primary.

“In Congress, Kelly has steadfastly defended me through two SHAM impeachments and is 100% MAGA,” Trump posted May 30 on Truth Social.

The primary represented an unusual break between Trump and Burgum, who have become close in recent months. After ending his own campaign for president, Burgum supported Trump and became one of the main contenders to be his vice-presidential pick.

When asked about their different preferences in a interview late last month on CNNBurgum said North Dakotans are “so lucky in our state [to] I have two excellent candidates.

“I support one; President Trump supports the other,” Burgum said. “But whoever wins this primary in about 12 days, North Dakota will have a great governor.”

After Tuesday’s results, Burgum congratulated Armstrong and state Civil Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, who won the GOP primary for Armstrong’s at-large seat, in a post on. Trump and Burgum both approved Fedorchak.

“Congratulations to Kelly Armstrong and Julie Fedorchak on their hard-fought primary victories! The competition is great for the Republican Party and our state is better for it,” Burgum wrote. “I spoke with Kelly and Julie this evening and we can count on them to stand with President Trump and provide strong conservative leadership for North Dakotans, both in the governor’s office and in Congress.”

Armstrong will face Sen. Merrill Piepkorn, who faced no opposition for the Democratic nomination, in the general election. North Dakota, a heavily Republican state, has not elected a Democratic governor since 1988. Burgum was re-elected in 2020 by more than 40 percentage points.

Armstrong, 47, has represented North Dakota’s at-large congressional district since 2019. He previously served as chairman of the state Republican Party.

“Since we started, we’ve gone from one end of the state to the other,” Armstrong said of his campaign during a debate with Miller on May 30. “We have conducted over 100 media interviews and had the opportunity to meet with thousands of North Dakotans across the state. And that won’t change when I’m governor. I simply don’t know any other way to do this job.

Miller, 64, presents herself as a political outsider. Like Burgum, she had extensive private sector experience before entering politics, having served as CEO of a major electricity distributor. Burgum named Miller lieutenant governor in 2022after his stint as chief operating officer.

“Our country and our state have done so well with leaders who…

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