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Kelly Armstrong Wins NDGOP Convention Endorsement on First Ballot, Campbell Says He’ll Go to Primary

Kelly Armstrong Wins NDGOP Convention Endorsement on First Ballot, Campbell Says He’ll Go to Primary

The voting is in for the NDGOP’s hotly contested House race. There were six candidates, but state Senator Kelly Armstrong still managed to win the endorsement on the first ballot. Here are the totals: Kelly Armstrong – 847 votes Tom Campbell – 480 votes Tiffany Abentroth – 27 votes Charles Tuttle – 24 votes DuWayne

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill at the North Dakota Legislature. File photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Could Weather Factor Into Who Republicans Choose as Secretary of State Candidate?

So far this morning delegates here at the NDGOP convention have dealt with endorsements in mostly uncontested races. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem both won their endorsements unopposed. Congressman Kevin Cramer, meanwhile, ended up being endorsed for the U.S. Senate race unanimously when his announced opponent Thomas O’Neill failed to make

Kevin Cramer Accepts NDGOP Endorsement for Senate as Opponent No-Shows

Congressman Kevin Cramer did actually have an opponent for the NDGOP endorsement in the U.S. Senate race today. I actually interviewed Thomas O’Neill live from the convention on my radio show yesterday. But when party Chairman Rick Berg called for additional nominations after Cramer addressed delegates O’Neill didn’t show. This resulted in a motion from

A bucket of admittedly naughty sounding "Randy Candy" sitting at the candidate booth for Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann.

NDGOP Convention Tops 1,600 Registered Delegates, Democrats Seated 612

If the state party conventions are a measure of enthusiasm of political activists in the state, Republicans seem to have a major advantage. I’m attending the NDGOP state convention in Grand Forks today, and a party official confirmed to me that they now have over 1,600 delegates registered. To put that in context, the North

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appears before the Senate Committee on Energy and Resources on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2017. Ron Sachs / TNS

North Dakota Democrats Are So Jealous of the NDGOP’s Delegate Count It’s Kinda Hilarious

The NDGOP has (in a disappointing development) Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke as their keynote speaker for the convention this weekend. They also have enough registered delegates to fill their venue at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks to capacity. So much so the party has to close Zinke’s speech to the public so

A screen capture from a television ad featuring state Senator Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell Campaign Gets Bailed Out by NDGOP Decision Allowing Paid for Delegates to Avoid Disclosure

Last night at a candidate forum put on by the Cass County United Republicans Committee state Senator Tom Campbell, a candidate for the U.S. House, claimed his campaign has paid for very few delegates to attend the NDGOP’s state convention. He also claimed that those delegates paid for were college students he intended to help

Former U.S. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., talks about his life after leaving office during an interview Friday, May 10, 2013, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Former Congressman Rick Berg Elected as New NDGOP Chairman

When state Senator Kelly Armstrong launched his campaign for the U.S. House he had to step down from his position as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party. Since then Vice Chairman Jim Poolman has been serving as the acting chairman, but today the party’s state committee met to select a new chairman. That chairman

Screenshot from a 2017 television ad for then-U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell. Campbell has since switched his candidacy to the U.S. House. via YouTube

Campbell Campaign Won’t Say if They’re Paying for Delegates to Attend State Convention

The NDGOP convention next month is a little more high stakes than usual thanks to a contested race for the House endorsement. There are five candidates in that race, but two real front runners, state Senators Tom Campbell and Kelly Armstrong. The latter Senator has said on the record that he will abide by the

Tax code books sit on a table as the House Ways and Means Committee begins markup of the GOP tax bill on Nov. 6, 2017. Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News

Kelly Armstrong: North Dakotans Deserve Better Than Senator Heitkamp’s Fear Mongering

The irony is not lost on me that Senator Heitkamp touts one of her number one reasons for not supporting historic tax relief is her “concern” of adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit over the next decade. What she leaves out of that statement is the fact that under President Obama, she supported policies

Peter Tefft, as seen Monday, August 14, 2017, is a pro white civil rights activist. Dave Wallis / The Forum

NDGOP Chairman Rips White Supremacist Who Endorsed Senate Candidate, Criticizes Forum for Publishing Letter

Fargo-based white supremacist Pete Tefft (who prefers to refer to himself as a “pro-white civil rights activist,” whatever that is) made a stir recently when he began posting social media messages supporting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell and criticizing Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. This prompted Campbell’s campaign to ban Tefft from their social media