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Say Anything: Despite Supposed Focus On Legislature, Democrats Have Just 37 Percent Of Candidate Slots Filled

Next weekend North Dakota's Republicans and Democrats will hold their statewide conventions. In a preview of the events the Associated Press questioned Robert Haider, the executive director for the Democrats, on why his party has no candidates fo...

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Rob Port

Next weekend North Dakota’s Republicans and Democrats will hold their statewide conventions. In a preview of the events the Associated Press questioned Robert Haider, the executive director for the Democrats, on why his party has no candidates for most of the statewide races (they have nobody running for Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commission, nor U.S. House and Senate races).

“He downplayed the lack of candidates to oppose Republicans and said party’s priority has been to focus on state legislative races,” AP reporter James MacPherson writes.

First, that’s a dumb strategy. Democrats are going to have a tough time getting people out to vote for legislative candidates when they don’t have any exciting, competitive statewide candidates (I’m sorry,  Marvin Nelson , you don’t fill that role).

Second, there continues to be little evidence that Democrats are having much success in the Legislative races despite the focus they’re claiming.

Read the rest of the story at Say Anything Blog.

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