FARGO - Incumbent Wayne Stenehjem, the Republican candidate for North Dakota attorney general, cruised through the primary Tuesday, June 12, in his bid for re-election and will face Democratic candidate David Thompson who also sailed to a primary win.

Stenehjem collected 99.4 percent of votes cast and Thompson had 99.8 percent of votes on his side of the ballot in unofficial results posted to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website with 389 out of 424 precincts reporting or 92 percent.

Stenehjem had 56,640 primary votes as of 11 p.m., while Thompson had 30,214 in his primary.

The two candidates will square off in the Nov. 6 general election.

Stenehjem, born in Mohall, N.D., received his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977. He served 24 years in the North Dakota Legislature.

He was was elected as the state’s 29th attorney general in 2001 and is the longest-serving attorney general in North Dakota history.

Thompson, a trial lawyer from Grand Forks, is a 1982 graduate of the UND School of Law. During his private practice career, Thompson has worked with law firms based in Fargo and Grand Forks.

Thompson’s decision to run was based largely on his criticism and accusations of corruption of the attorney general as a member of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, a state government entity that regulates the oil and gas industry.

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