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KELLY ARMSTRONG

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"It's going to be painful, but Republicans can't just turn away from Trump. Republicans have to lead their people away from Trumpism and the morass of conspiracy-addled grievance and unvarnished racism it has become," Rob Port writes.
Supporters of independent candidates Rick Becker and Cara Mund, who both lost their races by landslide margins on election day, are clinging to the idea that these two are rising stars in North Dakota politics. The vote totals say otherwise.
"At this point, opposition seems more about obstinance than principle," Rob Port writes.
On this episode of Plain Talk, Armstrong argued that, despite Republicans not living up to "red wave" expectations, they've gained ground in the legislative chamber he serves in for three straight election cycles.
The NDGOP, like Republican organizations across the nation, has to take some responsibility for Trump. There's no question. He represents a stain the party will have to wear for a while. But North Dakota's Republicans haven't gone in for the worst of Trumpism, and that's why they had a better election night than many Republicans did.
After losing the race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day, Cara Mund plans to use what she learned at Harvard to pursue a career in law.

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On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, co-host Chad Oban and Rob Port discuss elections results, from the national level to the local.
There will be more analysis to do once the votes are all in, but despite some extraordinary curveballs in North Dakota's two highest-profile races, North Dakotans made it clear that they're satisfied with the status quo.
With more than 235,000 votes counted, Armstrong had 62.0% of the vote, compared to Mund's 37.7%.

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