N.D. Republican Convention Kicks Off in Fargo

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State Republicans are gathering in Fargo this weekend to endorse candidates and hear from national political figures.

Signs are lining the road in Fargo for the Republican convention, but that hasn't stopped delegates from the western half of the state from representing their districts.

"I am a firm believer in having a hand in the future of my state, just as I did for twenty years as county commissioner, I had a hand in my county. I really believe in that principle that the citizens need to participate. That's why I'm here, and I love it," said Claus Lembke, Bismarck.

"So, you know this is a good place to see all my colleagues from the past when i was in the legislature and to touch base with everyone again and make sure we're all on the same page," Frank Klein, Dickinson.

Many are most excited for the governor's race.

Entrepeneur Doug Burgum has already said he will run in the primary, regardless of what happens tomorrow.

"Well you know we've had this happen before. Kevin Cramer did the same thing. He didn't get the delegation at the convention and got into the primary and won the election in November, so the same thing could happen this time, you know," said Klein.

"I don't think it's the way to go. You know when you see Mr. Burgum's signs, they say June 14 on them. That's almost a slap in the face of regular Republicans," said Lembke.

With several contests up for grabs and all three Republican presidential camps represented, this weekend should prove crucial for the future of the ND GOP.