Hoeven Wins North Dakota GOP Primary

By Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott reports on family-related issues and small-town America for The Epoch Times. His current focus centers around parental rights in education, as well as the impact of progressive ideology in curricula and transgenderism in youth. He can be reached at: jackson.elliott@epochtimes.us
June 14, 2022Updated: June 14, 2022

Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) won the Republican primary in North Dakota on June 14.

Hoeven’s victory was a predictable end to the primary that pitted him against challenger Riley Kuntz.

With 18 percent of the votes reported at 9:47 p.m. ET, Hoeven received 78.9 percent of the votes and was declared the winner by the Associated Press.

Hoeven held a North Dakota Senate seat for 12 years and served as governor of North Dakota. In 2020, 96 percent of North Dakota incumbents won.

Former President Donald Trump and North Dakota Republican party endorsed Hoeven.

In the Senate, Hoeven has a record as a top conservative leader. Kuntz is a limited government conservative who supports states’ rights.

Hoeven is widely expected to win the general election in November. The Cook Political Report ranks the North Dakota Senate race as solidly Republican.

Hoeven will face Democrat Katrina Christiansen in the general election. Christiansen received 76.1 percent of the vote with 15 percent of the ballots counted at 9:54 p.m. ET.

In the North Dakota House race, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) was uncontested. He has held North Dakota’s only House seat since 2018. From 2015 to 2018, Armstrong served as North Dakota’s GOP chairman.

In the general election, Armstrong will face Democrat Mark Haugen, who also ran unopposed in the primary. Haugen is a pro-life Democrat.

Armstrong will likely win the general election. The Cook Political Report rates the race as solidly Republican.