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?