I was hoping this might happen: Kent Conrad to retire. (Via Instapundit.) Even though the North Dakota Democrat has spent his career grandstanding on fiscal discipline, he voted for the “stimulus” and Obamacare. Methinks, with an energized Tea Party, he would have had a tough job defending those votes in a state no Democratic presidential nominee has won since 1964.
Question now is what does Jack Dalrymple do. The newly sworn-in governor of the Peace Garden State ran to succeed Conrad in the Senate in 1992 and lost to Byron Dorgan who most recently retired rather than face popular Governor John Hoeven whose election last fall to said Senate seat allowed the then-Lt. Governor (Mr. Dalrymple) to become governor.
Given how well Republicans did in 2010 in North Dakota, electing a Republican Senator and easily ousting a nine-term Democratic incumbent Congressman, expect the GOP to do as well in the state next fall as it did last November.