Plain Talk: The winners and the losers in North Dakota’s primary


MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party, the dominant force in our state’s politics, is deeply divided. If anyone was hoping that primary night, which saw that divide driving the debate in legislative competitions across the state, was going to resolve things they’re in for a disappointment.

Republicans across the state voted, and the NDGOP remains about as divided as ever.

Did Gov. Doug Burgum’s efforts to influence those races help or hurt? What will the balance of power in the party be going forward?

First Jim Poolman, former insurance commissioner and former vice chairman of the NDGOP, joined Wednesday co-host Chad Oban and me, then Pat Finken, a long-time veteran of state politics and head of the Brighter Future Alliance, chimed in.

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