Print Column: North Dakota Republicans Cannot Keep Relying on the Incompetence of Democrats


MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party has built a dominant political machine.

They hold every single statewide office, and majorities in the Legislature so large that when Republicans act in concert Democrats are inconsequential to the policymaking process.

This didn’t happen by accident.

Party leaders like Ed Schafer, John Hoeven, and Kevin Cramer (to name just a few) have consistently led Republicans to victories at the ballot box with a keen sense for the whims of the electorate.

Ideology doesn’t explain why Democrats have been unable to win a legislative majority since the early 1990’s.

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