The Demise of the NDGOP’s Dominance Could Come From Within

State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service, via Twitter)

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party dominates state politics.

In nearly a decade and a half, no Democrat has won a statewide election here, except Heidi Heitkamp and her flukey 2012 victory in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

The Democratic-NPL hasn’t held a majority in either chamber of the state Legislature since the first term of the Clinton administration.

Political observers, including this one, have long assumed that the NDGOP’s reign in the super-super majority will be ended when the Democrats figure some things out. Like how to talk to rural voters without condescension or pick a platform of campaign ideas palatable to North Dakota voters.

But what if the Republicans are done in not by ascendant Democrats but a group of Trumpy, conspiracy-addled kooks from their own ranks?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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