North Dakota’s Governor, Doug Burgum, has announced the suspension of his campaign for the presidency in 2024. This decision comes half a year after his unexpected entry into the Republican race. In a public address released Monday, Burgum expressed heartfelt gratitude for the support received, alongside his wife Kathryn. He reaffirmed their dedication to serve the American people.
Burgum, who has earned his fortune in software before serving two terms as governor, criticized the Republican National Committee’s debate requirements as he stepped back from the presidential contest. Despite initial debate appearances, Burgum cited the RNC’s increasing threshold for participation as a central factor to his withdrawal, suggesting it unduly favored candidates from coastal media markets over those from the heartland, like himself.
The multimillionaire had invested heavily in his campaign, including unconventional incentives such as $20 gift cards for small donations, which initially helped secure his place on the debate stage. Yet, his presence in two national debates did little to elevate his standing in the polls, where he remained in single digits, overshadowed by contenders with greater name recognition.
Burgum had promised to persist in the race at least until the early primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, having focused his efforts in these states. His campaign themes centered on the economy, energy independence, and national security, with a particular emphasis on China as a predominant threat to the U.S.
Despite ending his presidential aspirations, Burgum’s commitment to energize the U.S. economy and improve American life remains. He emphasized the need for a robust energy policy in contrast to the current administration’s approach, which he believes empowers adversaries.
Rooted in small-town values from North Dakota and a successful private-sector career, Burgum’s campaign avoided direct confrontations with Donald Trump, who is seen as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
Burgum’s campaign journey was not without personal challenges; he sustained an Achilles tendon injury just before his first debate appearance, an incident he navigated with resilience, utilizing a scooter on the campaign trail.
With Burgum’s exit, the Republican field narrows further, following recent departures from the race by notable figures such as former Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Tim Scott. Several other lesser-known candidates have also withdrawn.
Remaining in contention are high-profile figures like Trump, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, among others.
Burgum’s campaign staff were reportedly informed of his decision over the weekend, with a wider announcement made Monday. As for his political future, Burgum retains the option to pursue a third term as North Dakota’s governor in the upcoming year.