North Dakota’s Hoeven wins third term in US Senate

Nov 7, 2022, 1:00 PM | Updated: Nov 8, 2022, 6:10 pm
George Struchynski and his wife, Rita, share a voting booth as they fill in their ballots in Bismar...

George Struchynski and his wife, Rita, share a voting booth as they fill in their ballots in Bismarck, North Dakota, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

(Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

              George Struchynski and his wife, Rita, share a voting booth as they fill in their ballots in Bismarck, North Dakota, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
            
              Brooke Thiel, an agriculture professor at North Dakota State University, poses after voting at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
            
              Linda Schwartzbauer inserts her ballot into the voting machine as election volunteer Jeff Rotering watches at the Mandan Eagles Club in Mandan, North Dakota, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
            
              FILE - North Dakota Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, speaks in Bismarck, N.D., on Nov. 9, 2015. Becker narrowly lost the party's endorsement to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in April 2022. After originally saying he would not run if he did not get the endorsement, the Bismarck plastic surgeon who has led a growing far-right faction of the GOP in North Dakota decided to run as an independent. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks May 4, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hoeven faces a defector from his own party and a lightly funded Democrat on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in his race for a third U.S. Senate term from North Dakota. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican John Hoeven has won reelection to a third term in the U.S. Senate.

Hoeven coasted past Rick Becker, a fellow Republican who ran as an independent after losing the GOP endorsement to Hoeven, and Democrat Katrina Christiansen, a University of Jamestown engineering professor and political newcomer.

Hoeven, a former banker who served three terms as governor and won his first two Senate terms easily, vastly outraised his opponents. Federal campaign filings as of Nov. 3 show that Hoeven’s campaign raised more than $4 million, compared with Becker’s roughly $550,000 and Christiansen’s roughly $92,600.

Becker tried to turn that history and money against him at the party convention, portraying Hoeven as a big-spending, big-government politician who had lost touch with his conservative base.

Hoeven countered by touting his involvement in North Dakota’s economic development and highlighting his opposition to most of President Joe Biden’s policies. Hoeven got a video message of support from former President Donald Trump, who remains popular in the state.

Before he was first elected to the Senate in 2010, Hoeven served as North Dakota’s governor for a decade and as head of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota for seven years prior to that. The former Democrat switched parties four years before he became governor.

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North Dakota’s Hoeven wins third term in US Senate