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Doug Burgum: North Dakota governor seriously considering bid for 2024 GOP presidential nod


(CNN) North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seriously considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, a source with knowledge of his plans told CNN.

A Republican familiar with Burgum’s thinking said the governor will make a final decision in the next two to three weeks.

Burgum suggested earlier this month that he was considering a run, telling a North Dakota newspaper that he was thinking about 2024 and that there was a hunger for an alternative candidate.

“All the engagement right now is happening on the edge,” he told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. “There’s definitely a yearning for some alternatives right now.”

Should Burgum enter the GOP primary field, he would do so with significantly less national name recognition than many of his potential rivals. Burgum has a conservative track record as governor and signed a bill this year banning gender-affirming care for most minors and enacting a near-total ban on abortions in the state.

Burgum told The Forum that he sees value in being understated, calling it a “competitive advantage.”

Burgum, a former Microsoft executive, is currently serving his second term as North Dakota governor.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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