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Published December 12, 2011, 10:46 AM

Taylor seeking ND Dem nod for governor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota state Senate's Democratic leader says he will seek the party's endorsement to run for governor.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota state Senate's Democratic leader says he will seek the party's endorsement to run for governor.

Ryan Taylor is the first Democrat to announce a campaign for governor. The Towner rancher has been a North Dakota senator for nine years. He served as the Senate's Democratic leader during the 2011 Legislature.

Taylor has been expected to seek the governorship. He announced his candidacy in a statement early Monday. He said he will make an announcement tour of several North Dakota cities after the holiday season.

Taylor is looking to oppose Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple in next year's election. Dalrymple is seeking his first elected term as governor after a decade as lieutenant governor.

Fargo architect Paul Sorum is running against Dalrymple for the Republican governor's endorsement.

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