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BISMARCK, (AP) -- North Dakota voters elected Gov. John Hoeven to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, making him the state's first Republican senator in a quarter-century.

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Hoeven coasted past poorly funded Democrat Tracy Potter for the Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Byron Dorgan. With 35 percent of precincts reporting, Hoeven had 78 percent of the votes, and Potter had 21 percent.

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