Last week I broke the news that perennial Republican candidate Duane Sand had a Senate campaign committee and had reportedly raised over $150,000 so far, something confirmed by Sand himself.
Today, in recognition of the fact that Republican House incumbent Rick Berg was officially in the Senate race and would already be challenged for the NDGOP nomination by Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, Sand announced his intention to move to the House race.
This is an email sent out by Sand to supporters:
After talking to Rick Berg several times since last Wednesday (whom I consider a good friend) as well a thorough conversation with Brian Kalk (another good friend and fellow veteran) I believe it may be best to begin the process of exploring the open House seat.
I have always said we need more veterans in the Congress/Senate. With Brian solidly in the senate race, I am encouraged at the prospects that at least one of the two seats up this cycle may be a way for North Dakota to have a veteran representative in D.C.. And I will personally encourage the Democrats to support a veteran in their candidate pool.
Sand may well face an even more crowded field in the House race than the Senate race, though with $150,000 raised so far (and nobody else officially in the race) Sand at this point would have to be considered the front runner.
Update: PlainsDaily.com has more.