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Burgum wins ND governor primary; farming measure defeated

North Dakota Republicans nominated former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum Tuesday in a primary likely to decide the next governor, and voters also overwhelmingly rejected the Legislature's move to loosen the state's Depression-era rules prohibiting corporate farming.

The GOP battle between Burgum and his longtime friend, state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, featured a spirited and expensive debate about which candidate was better suited to revive a state economy that is slumping due to depressed oil and crop prices.

Burgum, a millionaire Fargo businessman, was expected to be a heavy favorite in November over Rolla Rep. Marvin Nelson, who ran unopposed in the Democratic...

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