NDGOP opts not to move convention, will begin charging candidates seeking endorsement


MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party held a meeting of its state committee Saturday to consider two proposals that have stirred controversy among the state’s Republicans.

One, which I wrote earlier this week , would have moved the state party’s state convention from the spring to after the June 6 primary vote. The other would expand the prerequisites for candidates seeking endorsements at the statewide convention, requiring them to pay fees to the state party, collect more signatures from the chairs of local district committees, and not have participated in another party for the last decade.

The first proposal failed, and the second succeeded with some amendments, but not before there was some drama from party leaders associated with the Bastiat Caucus-wing of the NDGOP.

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