Doug Burgum drops 2024 bid. Can Ron DeSantis capitalize in North Dakota?
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Burgum had double-digit support in his home state. It's got to go somewhere.

A popular Republican Governor is leaving the Republican presidential race after failing to get traction.

Doug Burgum of North Dakota announced his decision, saying the Republican National Committee’s “clubhouse debate requirements are nationalizing the primary process and taking the power of democracy away from the engaged, thoughtful citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire.”

Burgum was an afterthought in the second national debate, was excluded from the third last month, and wasn’t going to make the stage for this week’s fourth and final candidate showdown in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. So his withdrawal from the race is more a formality than a race changer in 49 of the 50 states.

In North Dakota, though, it’s a slightly different story.

In last month’s “North Dakota Poll,” Burgum boasted 12% support in his home state Primary.

While that put him 42 points behind Trump’s 54%, that remnant of Burgum backers has to go somewhere, and it could (at least theoretically) go toward Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who had 14% support in the same survey.

Meanwhile, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is slightly further back, with 10% and potentially positioned to grab support from Burgumites.

In an editorial ahead of the third debate in the Jamestown Sun, the North Dakota Governor justified staying in the race. He contended “pundits and political insiders want to artificially narrow the field two months before the voting starts by nationalizing what is a meant to be a state-by-state, voter-driven primary process.”

The op-ed suggested Burgum felt the need to justify his run for higher office at the expense of his official duties. Looking back, it was clear the end was near long before now.

North Dakota’s caucuses are March 4, and the state’s 29 delegates will be doled out to the winner.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Why not discuss whether the moon is made of green cheese?

    December 4, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Is this a serious analysis?

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Scientist/Advisor Emeritus" American

    December 4, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    Good evening America,
    Many of my fans are aware of my, Earl Pitts American’s, sage plan with Trump, basically to have Trump “Pull a Burgum”.
    The only differences:
    1.) Nobody cares about Burgum. In fact 94% of American’s were not aware Burgum was even running for POTUS.
    2.) Our sage plan is for Trump to drop out just 2 weeks prior to our National Election Day and order all of his supporters to vote DeSantis.
    As you see America:
    It will be too late for the DNC to respond.
    The upper DNC elite will all be wailing and gnashing of teeth as they cry out in vain; “Why dident we just pay attention to what that anoying but “Sage and Good Looking” “Earl Pitts American” had been telling us all along”? ” We foolishly thought “WE” were so much smarter than Earl”.
    “You got us again Earl”. 🤔
    Yeppers America thats your peep into the future of “Our Great Nation’s 2024 POTUS Election Outcome”.
    Earl Pitts “The Sage One” American

  • rick whitaker

    December 4, 2023 at 8:27 pm


  • MH/Duuuval

    December 5, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Hope springs.

    If he won his home state, Sorghum would control his state’s votes at the national convention and perhaps be a king-maker.

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