North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum launches long-term bid for president

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is running for president.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is running for president.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is running for president.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a former CEO of a software company, announced in a Wall Street Journal opinion column Tuesday night that he was launching his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Burgum is expected to launch his campaign in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

“We need a change in the White House. We need a new leader for a changing economy,” Burgum wrote.

Burgum is rumored to be working with political consultants to prepare his entry into the race, which now has nearly a dozen declared candidates, including two other wealthy self-funded Republicans: biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and control expert Perry Johnson quality.

Burgum, a 66-year-old North Dakota native, became governor in 2016 after a successful career as a software executive, selling his company to Microsoft for $1.1 billion in 2001.

He entered politics as a foreigner that upset North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, the Republican endorsed in the gubernatorial primary, in the same election cycle that swept Donald Trump to the White House. Burgum was easily re-elected four years later.

In May, Burgum told the editorial board of The Forum, a North Dakota newspaper, that he was considering a 2024 bid largely based on the success of his tough first run for governor.

“There is value in being underestimated all the time,” Burgum told the newspaper. “It’s a competitive advantage.”

Burgum’s campaign will likely focus on the economy and energy, Burgum insiders told Fox News. North Dakota is one of the countries major energy-producing statessupporting a $3.2 billion industry and 75,000 jobs.

Burgum has an ultra-conservative bona fide to fall back on – as governor he signed a six-week abortion ban and the legislation that makes it illegal to provide gender-affirming care to minors. The governor also ran a program to capture and store carbon dioxide so that North Dakota, despite the large footprint of its fossil fuel industry, becomes carbon neutral by 2030.

The governor will need his vast personal resources to help him overcome a crippling lack of name recognition nationwide. Even candidates with stronger national profiles, such as Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and former United Nations Ambassador and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, are struggling to come out and have been single digit vote.

Burgum enters a primary with a dozen far more established candidates, including former President Donald Trump and other past and current governors including Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson .

Former Vice President Mike Pence officially launched his presidential bid with a video released early Wednesday.

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