It’s a very real possibility that Sen. John Hoeven could skip the NDGOP state convention

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Congressman Kevin Cramer, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum hosted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a closed roundtable discussion in Fargo Wednesday, Aug. 9. Dave Olson/The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — I want to preface this column with a disclaimer: I’m not saying this will happen. I’m saying this is a very real possibility, and even the fact that it’s a possibility is astounding.

Sen. John Hoeven may skip the North Dakota Republican Party’s state convention — ironically branded as “United as One” — which is scheduled for April 1-2.

I don’t know that a decision has been made — and to be perfectly clear, the Hoeven people aren’t talking to me about campaign strategy — but my understanding is that a decision will be made in the next week or so, after conventions in the Bismarck and Fargo areas are completed.

Hoeven is, arguably, to this point in his career, the most successful politician North Dakota has ever seen. In the last 20 years, he hasn’t garnered less than 70% on the statewide ballot. This isn’t a candidate you’d think would have anything to fear in any political venue.

And yet.

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