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KATRINA CHRISTIANSEN

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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.
"I hope North Dakota's law enforcement and election officials are prepared," Port writes. "Based on what happened on Jan. 6, things could get ugly."
Politics has become a game played merely to win, with candidates saying whatever it takes to win this election, without a lot of thought put into what their words and actions might portend for anything beyond the second Tuesday in November.
Rage is what many voters seem to want. We should want contemplative leaders. Thoughtful officials who are capable of compromise and collaboration. But often it's the furious ones who get the attention.
Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven and his challengers, Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen and independent candidate Rick Becker, met together for the first time to debate on this episode of Plain Talk.

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This is not the stuff upset electoral victories are made of.
Republican candidates have a built-in advantage in North Dakota when it comes to fundraising, said Mark Jendrysik, University of North Dakota political science professor.
"Mund’s opponent, incumbent Republican Kelly Armstrong compares it to nasty comments he received as a baseball coach," writes columnist Jim Shaw. "That’s not even close."

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