North Dakota billionaire Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of the state, has announced that he would contest the 2024 presidential election. The former software executive has stated that he would run for the top job on his economic record even as he enters an increasingly crowded race.
Speaking at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, Doug Burgum said that he would ensure that more “small-town common sense” in Washington and other big American cities. He said that state governors and business leaders to understand a changing economy and want them to earn the trust of the voters.
Doug Burgum realizes that he has a lot of catching up to do if he is to make any difference in the 2024 presidential race and before that the Republican presidential nomination. But he warned that he had been underestimated before.
The size of the field leading up to the presidential race indicates that despite the presence of former president Donald Trump, other prospective candidates have shied away from taking him on.
Despite Economic Progress, Doug Burgum Has Overseen Digressive Policies
But Doug Burgum is yet to completely consolidate support behind his candidacy. Most Republican rivals see a prospect in next year’s party nominations, even if it might be very narrow.
Doug Burgum stands out as a leader of a state that has traditionally and overwhelmingly been Republican. His period in office has been marked by significant economic expansion. He has also stuck to deeply conservative and digressive policies though he has sought to downplay his role in them.
In 2023 alone Doug Burgum has given the go-ahead to a near-complete ban on abortion. He has also created significant restrictions on gender transition care. This includes a ban on the requirement that school administrators and teachers use the pronouns that a student might prefer when it comes to referring to them.