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North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2004

North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2004

November 2, 2004

Nominee John Hoeven Joe Satrom
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Jack Dalrymple Deb Mathern
Popular vote 220,803 84,877
Percentage 71.26% 27.39%

Governor before election

John Hoeven

Elected Governor

John Hoeven

The 2004 North Dakota gubernatorial election took place on 2 November 2004 for the post of Governor of North Dakota. Incumbent Republican Governor John Hoeven was easily re-elected defeating Democratic former state senator Joe Satrom.


  • Republican nomination 1
  • Democratic nomination 2
  • Campaign 3
  • Election results 4
  • References 5
  • See also 6

Republican nomination

Incumbent Governor John Hoeven was unopposed for the Republican nomination and accepted the nomination by stating that the economy of North Dakota was his priority.[1]

Democratic nomination

Former state senator Joe Satrom defeated North Dakota House of Representatives minority leader Merle Boucher for the Democratic nomination. Satrom began campaigning for the nomination almost a year before the North Dakota Democratic Convention would choose the parties candidate for Governor. Boucher announced his candidacy in December 2003 but struggled to make up ground against Satrom.

The two candidates debated at the University of North Dakota, just before the convention, with education and the future of the state's youth the main topics.[2] The Democratic Convention voted by 632 to 341 to endorse Satrom as Democratic candidate for Governor.[3]


The two candidates met in three debates during the campaign, during the final debate on 9 October 2004 they clashed over a smoking ban, outmigration and a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.[4]

Satrom called for North Dakota to introduce a one thousand dollar donation limit, for individuals and political action committees, to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.[5] Hoeven named education, growth and jobs as his priorities but faced anger from some hunting groups over changes to hunt seasons.[6]

Opinion polls gave Hoeven a strong lead over Satrom with one in October 2004 showing Hoeven on 70% as against 22% for Satrom.[7] Hoeven raised far more money than his challenger and even a normally Democratic supporting teachers union, the North Dakota education association, endorsed Hoeven for Governor.[8] [9]

Election results

North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2004[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Hoeven (inc.) 220,803 71.26% +16.23%
Democratic Joe Satrom 84,877 27.39% -17.58%
Libertarian Roland Riemers 4,193 1.35%
Majority 135,926 43.87% +33.81%
Turnout 309,873
Republican hold Swing


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