Senator Byron Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, has decided not to run for reelection in November and will retire at age 68. He has served in public office since he was elected North Dakota Tax Commissioner in 1968 and has won 12 statewide elections.
Dorgan trailed Governor John Hoeven in polls, but Hoeven has not announced he is running for the Senate and is in the middle of his second four-year term. Dorgan's numbers otherwise are very favorable. Obviously this is a chance fo a Republican pickup, though Congressman-at-Large Earl Pomeroy, who has won 11 statewide elections, would be a strong candidate to hold it for Democrats.