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Rob Port: Governor Burgum, Senator-elect Cramer tell NDGOP in letter not to give up open primary

Congressman Kevin Cramer, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum hosted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a closed roundtable discussion in Fargo Wednesday, Aug. 9. Dave Olson/Forum News Service

Last week I wrote about proposed legislation, being considered for endorsement by the North Dakota Republican Party, which if passed would end North Dakota’s open primary system.

In our state the political parties hold endorsing conventions, but the actual nominees are chosen in a statewide vote in June of election years. Some, arguing that political parties are private organizations and ought not be obligated by the government to use a particular method for choosing nominees, want to end the practice.

In my original post on this story I said that Republicans might want to be cautious about going down this road. Two of their most successful candidates in recent years – Governor Doug Burgum and Senator-elect Kevin Cramer – won their way into office by ignoring the NDGOP’s state convention.

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