North Dakota GOP prepares for state convention

Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 12:34 PM CDT
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The North Dakota GOP is preparing for a busy weekend as it kicks off its state convention Friday.

And. for a state with only three electoral votes, we've already seen an influx of famous Washington visitors.

At least 1,500 delegates, plus, some recognizable party promoters will be at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Democratic Convention, and just last week Vice President Mike Pence came to Fargo to stump for Kevin Cramer.

We spoke to Cramer Wednesday, who said it's likey we'll see the president back in North Dakota before November.

Minot State University political science professor Dr. Jynette Larshus says there's a reason they keep coming back.

"We're going to see a lot of money, a lot of appearances. Also, in terms of the republican, the vice president and the president coming, we still have some of the highest approval ratings for the president, in the nation, in the state, so they are coming to friendly ground if you will," said Larshus.

Another Washington heavy weight will take the podium at this weekend's convention, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.