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Prior Presidential Visits

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While North Dakota is typically passed over on presidential campaigns, the state has seen it's fair share of visits from sitting presidents.

President Obama is the fourteenth president to visit North Dakota, and the fourth to visit Indian Country. The first presidential visit was Rutherford B Hayes in 1878. Some other notable visits include, FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, Regan, Clinton and George H.W. and George W. Bush.

"North Dakota is obviously not a big vote getting state. It's only got three electoral votes, so it's usually passed over during presidential elections. It's not too often we see an actual presidential candidate visit North Dakota. I think the fact that it's in the heartland, it's in the west, it's far away from Washington makes it very attractive for presidents to want to come here when they do," says presidential historian Rick Collin. 

Mary Cate Mannion will have more on the prior presidential visits, and how some of them have impacted policies or federal funding for the state.

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