There’s no question that North Dakota Democrats are pretty down in the mouth about their chances in 2016. Senator Heidi Heitkamp declined to roll the dice and run for governor, probably concluding that she couldn’t win. This morning George Sinner, the party’s U.S. House candidate in 2014, floated the idea that the Dems might not even bother to nominate candidates for the gubernatorial or U.S. Senate races.
Still, the party has to at least go through the motions, and to that end they’re bringing Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz to Fargo for a fundraiser.
“Not only will you have the unique opportunity to hear from the Chair of the Democratic Party, but you will be supporting all of our great candidates that are ready to hit the ground running,” North Dakota Democrat Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said in an email to activists today (read it below).
Of course, finding someone who could name who those candidates might be would be nice. While Republicans have six potential candidates lined up for the open gubernatorial race, all Democrats have is a long, long list of people who say they aren’t interseted in running.
Wasserman Schultz visiting North Dakota in October of an off-election year seems a bit like the national party just checking off something on their to-do list. They’re throwing the North Dakota Democrats a bone before they focus on places where they think they can win in 2016.
Here’s the full email.