ND-SEN: Hoeven In

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven (R) announced yesterday that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Byron Dorgan.

Unfortunately, that means the GOP is likely to win this seat–Gov. Hoeven is incredibly popular and, before Dorgan dropped out, polling showed Hoeven beating him handily (and keep in mind that Byron Dorgan is no slouch–he’s held statewide office in North Dakota since 1969).

If it was going to be hard for Democrats to keep this seat with Dorgan in office, it’s going to be nearly impossible without him.

I won’t write this race off entirely until we have a Democratic candidate and I see some reliable polling–perhaps someone like Rep. Earl Pomeroy could stand toe-to-toe with Hoeven–but I won’t believe it until I see it.