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The new chairman steps into the role at a time of great prosperity for the party. Republicans hold all of North Dakota's statewide and congressional offices, in addition to 85% of the seats in the state Legislature.
The immediate aftermath of these losses will likely be more conspiracy-mongering about rule-breaking and cheating from the Trumpists/Bastiats, because that's just what those people do. Longer-term, the NDGOP (and the state's other political parties) will have to reorganize thanks to redistricting. Will the Trumpists/Bastiats try to do it all over again?
Will the Trump activists, aligned with the Legislature's Bastiat Caucus, do it all over again? They may not be inclined to.
Current NDGOP chairman Rick Berg is not running for another term, and just one person is openly running to be his replacement.
That's a +4 for the Normies when it comes to votes on the NDGOP's state committee and a -4 for the Bastiats.
They need to act, and they can't let the potential for political blowback be an excuse. Being a leader isn't an exercise in doing whatever might be popular with voters in the moment. Sometimes it means saying and doing unpopular things because they're the right things.

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Top Republican elected officials condemned the resolution shortly after a Forum News Service article published last week detailed the anti-LGBT language it contained.
MINOT, N.D. — Last night the executive committee of the North Dakota Republican Party, during what's been described to me as a tense meeting, voted to repudiate a part of the party's recently-passed platform which included anti-LGBT language.
Let’s be blunt: The North Dakota Republican Party has endorsed a repugnant, retrograde platform that fosters hate based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identification.

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