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Published January 11, 2010, 01:19 PM

UPDATED: Hoeven plans Senate run, Dems "not surprised by the timing"

UPDATED 1:19 p.m.
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven will run for the U.S. Senate and Democrats took the opportunity to criticize him for it.

By: Forum and wire reports, INFORUM

UPDATED 1:19 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven will run for the U.S. Senate and Democrats took the opportunity to criticize him for it.

Hoeven will officially announce his candidacy tonight, according to a top state Republican official who told The Forum and The Associated Press that the governor will enter the race to succeed incumbent Democrat Byron Dorgan.

The official declined to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the governor's plans.

Democrats wasted no time criticizing Hoeven.

"After months of indecision and pressure from his own party Gov. Hoeven has finally decided to give in and run for the United States Senate, and only after Sen. Dorgan announced that he is retiring after 40 years of service," Mark Schneider, Democratic-NPL chairman, said in a statement this afternoon.

Schneider continued:

"Less than two years ago the Governor asked the people of North Dakota to elect him as Governor, and now he wants to move on. If Hoeven won, the state would be faced with the prospect of a freshman Senator in the minority party and a new governor.

"We're not surprised by the timing, considering that Hoeven has always changes his mind to best fit the political climate. He did start out as a Democrat, after all."

Further, Schneider said Hoeven must answer questions about where he stands on problems facing the nation and how "leaving his job in Bismarck to go to Washington will solve them."

Hoeven is scheduled to speak to a meeting of Bismarck Republicans tonight.

The 52-year-old Hoeven is in the middle of his third term, which he won in 2008 with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Republicans will formally endorse their Senate candidate at their state party convention in March.

Check back to Inforum for more coverage throughout the day, and read more Tuesday in The Forum.

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