Gov. Doug Burgum continues presidential campaign despite leg injury

 August 31, 2023

Presidential candidate and North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum suffered a leg injury last week just before participating in a debate hosted by Fox News.

Yet in a decision which may shock some, the GOP hopeful is steadfastly refusing to cancel any of his campaign appearances. 

Burgum says injury will not "stop us going forward"

That's according to NBC News, which noted in a report on Tuesday that Burgum sustained a ruptured Achilles' tendon and is expected to face an eight-week recovery period.

The network explained that Burgum is making use of what is known as "progressive casting" and is not putting weight on the affected leg.

"We didn’t let it stop us last night. We’re not going to let it stop us going forward," Burgum was quoted as telling NBC News a day after the injury occurred.

Poll shows governor has less than 1% support among GOP primary voters

Burgum touted his resiliency in a tweet on Wednesday, writing, "Not letting an injury keep us from the campaign trail!"

However, physical injuries are not Burgum's only concern, as a Morning Consult survey carried out between August 25 and August 27 found that the North Dakota governor is supported by less than 1% of likely Republican primary voters.

Burgum tied for last place in debate performance poll

Meanwhile, another Morning Consult survey found that just 25% of primary voters thought Burgum did "well" or "very well" during last week's televised debate.

That figure tied him for last place with former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and eight points behind former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

By contrast, 72% of respondents said businessman Vivek Ramaswamy while 65% expressed similar sentiments about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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