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"North Dakota is so far ahead of the curve when it comes to carbon capture and sequestration that it's startling."
"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.
Data from this month's midterm election vote show the delegates showing up for the North Dakota Republican Party's candidate selection process are significantly out of touch with what North Dakota voters want from those candidates.
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.
Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer cited concerns about infringement of religious freedom in their votes against enshrining gay marriage rights in federal law.

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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.
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.

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