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Associated Press, Published November 06 2010

Pomeroy: No regrets on health care vote, doubts run for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Rep. Earl Pomeroy doesn't regret his support of federal health care legislation, and the incumbent Democrat doesn't believe his vote cost him the election against Republican Rick Berg.

Pomeroy says his own polling showed North Dakota voters wanted to put someone new in the U.S. House. He says Republican advertising linking him with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "ruthlessly effective."

Pomeroy believes he would have lost even if Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan had been at the top of the ticket. Dorgan didn't seek re-election.

Pomeroy says he won't run for Congress again, and he doesn't think he'll run for governor. He's hoping to find work dealing with energy, retirement income or health care issues. The 58-year-old Pomeroy says it's "exhilarating" to start a new chapter in life.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.