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Ryan Johnson, The Grand Forks Herald, Published March 21 2010

ND GOP CONVENTION: Cramer will be Public Service Commission candidate

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Kevin Cramer picked up the Republican endorsement to run for re-election to the North Dakota Public Service Commission today at the state convention here.

But it was a somewhat unexpected convention development because Cramer was one of four Republicans who sought the party endorsement Saturday to run against Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., for a spot on the U.S. House of Representatives.

Delegates instead chose state Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo. Cramer had focused on campaigning for the House endorsement for the last few months, and had said he would not seek re-election to the Public Service Commission this year.

But after his House endorsement loss, delegates decided to once again endorse Cramer to run for re-election to the office he has held since 2003 when Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to an unexpired term. He was elected to the office in 2004.

Delegates passed a unanimous ballot making Cramer the endorsed candidate for the June 8 primaries.