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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

North Dakota Democrats short of candidates for Legislature

Bismarck, ND ( Associated Press) — The North Dakota Democrats are short of candidates for 15 state seats and three in the state Senate, and Republicans are recruiting candidates for a House seat and a Senate seat in the state’s largest city, Fargo. have been unable to. State filing shows.

The deadline for candidates for the June primary election to file with the Secretary of State’s Office of State was late Monday. Last minute filing rush delayed Review of petitions of candidates for about two days

North Dakota has 47 legislative districts. Each is represented by two House members and one Senator.

Republicans already have 80 House seats to 14 of Democrats, and a 40-7 lead in the Senate. All but one Democrat is up for re-election this year, a result of legislative redistribution that was needed because of a population shift reflected in the 2020 federal census.

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Democrats have only 45 legislative candidates, or 78 fewer than Republicans.

Republicans were unable to recruit a Senate candidate for Fargo’s District 11 seat, a traditionally Democratic stronghold held by Tim Mathern, who has represented the city since 1987.

The GOP also lacked a House candidate for Fargo’s District 21, another Democratic stronghold.

At their convention this month, North Dakota Republicans endorsed candidates for eight statewide offices on a June 14 ballot. But at the Democratic convention last month, the party failed to recruit contenders for tax commissioner and secretary of state. Filings show there is still a lack of a candidate for tax commissioner.

Convention endorsements guarantee candidates the June primary election ballot and party support against any challengers.

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It is still possible for Democrats to fill legislative openings by running a June primary write-in campaign for each open position. To run as a Democrat in the general election, a candidate must receive approximately 130 write-in votes in each district. The number of votes required varies by district.

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