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Patrick Springer, Published November 06 2012

In romp, Dalrymple to return as ND governor

FARGO – Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who has held the office for two years, on Tuesday scored a convincing victory to win his first full term.

Dalrymple had 63 percent of the vote compared to 34 percent for Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor, with 408 of the state’s 426 precincts reporting incomplete and unofficial results.

Dalrymple received a concession call from Taylor around 9:30 p.m., and took the stage as supporters chanted “We back Jack” during the Republican victory party in Bismarck.

“Why did we win this race by such a nice margin? Dalrymple said. “The message clearly resonated with the people of North Dakota. We want to keep taxes down, we want to keep our fiscal house in order, we want to take care of people’s needs and we want to invest in our future by investing in infrastructure.”

Later, Dalrymple said it was gratifying to win the voters’ approval as governor.

“Having the people elect you to keep on doing this job is a very special feeling,” he said. “I feel very humbled, honored and eager to prove to people that we can deliver on the things we talked about.”

Taylor, a state senator and rancher from Towner, had tried to unseat Dalrymple by arguing that he had failed to keep ahead of the explosive growth in North Dakota’s Oil Patch.

At the Democrats’ election party in Bismarck, Taylor said he had no regrets, and predicted the issues he raised on the campaign trail will still be discussed.

“If there’s something I take solace in, I will not be in the governor’s office,” he said. “I won’t even be in the Senate, because if they can’t beat you at the ballot box, they beat you in the committee room. But, you know, the ideas of this campaign will be in the halls of the Legislature.”

The governor’s office has been held by Republicans since Ed Schafer won the seat in 1992, followed by John Hoeven, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. Dalrymple, Hoeven’s lieutenant governor, succeeded him.

It was Taylor’s first run for statewide office. His running mate, Ellen Chaffee, former president of Valley City State University, was making her first bid for elective office.

Taylor, who told supporters he promised his father before he died in 2010 that he would take care of the family ranch, made no mention of future political plans in his remarks.

“So what am I going to do now?” he said. “I’m going to take good care of the ranch.”

Of the 306,709 votes counted statewide by 1 a.m., Dalrymple had captured 193,694 to Taylor’s 104,982.

The North Dakota governor is paid a salary of $117,001 and serves a four-year term.