Dalrymple Wins NDGOP Nomination, But Paul Sorum Makes Strong Showing
One of the most interesting outcomes of the 2010 NDGOP convention was that Paul Sorum, who was challenging popular then-governor John Hoeven for the US Senate nomination, came out of nowhere to garner 20% of the delegate vote.
This time around, Paul Sorum was running for governor, against Hoeven’s former Lt. Governor Jack Dalrymple, and again put up a surprising result. Dalrymple won in a landslide, with 1,128 delegate votes, but Dalrymple got 478 votes.
That means Sorum got a little over 29%of the delegate vote. That’s impressive. You’d expect Sorum to improve, he’s had to years to build his network and his political skills since 2010, but Dalrymple is a close ally of the Hoeven political machine, and taking nearly 30% of the vote from that machine – and carrying six of the state’s 47 districts – is no mean feat.
Sorum carried Districts 10, 11, 18, 21, 41 and 42.
No word yet as to whether or not Sorum would push his candidacy to a primary. He didn’t in 2010.Tags: election 2012, jack dalrymple, NDGOP, ndgop 2012 convention, North Dakota News, paul sorum