Republican Howe leads race for ND secretary of state

Howe has 63.05% of the vote, with 327 of 398 precincts reporting

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BISMARCK — In a three-way race for North Dakota secretary of state, Republican Michael Howe was in the lead, with 327 of 398 precincts reporting.

Howe has 63.05% of the vote as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Nov. 8. Jeffrey Powell, Democratic-NPL, has 27.74% of the vote, and Independent Charles Tuttle has 9.10%. These are complete but unofficial results.

In a phone call late Tuesday night, Howe said he is "eager to get to work with the people of North Dakota and extremely humbled by all of the support."

Powell, a Grand Forks resident who is currently an administrator at Mayville State University, petitioned the Democratic-NPL to endorse his run for office. Powell holds a doctorate degree in higher education from the University of Northern Colorado and worked in a variety of roles at the University of North Dakota before moving to Mayville State in 2015.

Jeffrey Powell
Jeffrey Powell

Howe, 35, is a North Dakota State University graduate who manages a longstanding family seed operation in Casselton. He began serving in the North Dakota House in 2017 and quickly rose in the Republican ranks to become one of the youngest members on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.


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Michael Howe

Tuttle, of Minot, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2018 as an independent and for state superintendent in 2020 in the Republican primary.

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The secretary of state office has a variety of administrative responsibilities , including overseeing elections, managing public campaign finance disclosures, maintaining business records, and preserving official state documents. The secretary of state also serves on the Land Board, the Emergency Commission, and the State Canvassing Board.

The winner will be the successor of Al Jaeger, who has served as secretary of state since 1993. The secretary of state serves a four-year term, with a yearly compensation of $110,582.

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