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Republicans Anticipate High-Stakes Monday Caucus in North Dakota

United States – Republicans all over North Dakota will have a meeting on Monday evening in order to pick their own favorite candidate via caucus. The caucus chair mentioned that the results on Monday could affect the Republican vote on Super Tuesday in other states.

On the ballot, there are four candidates: Donald Trump, former US President, and Nikki Haley, former ambassador of the United Nations. Others of the candidates who did not gain popularity include a businessman from Florida named David Stuckenberg and a businessman and pastor from Texas, Ryan Binkley, who dropped out recently, as reported by Associated Press.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who announced the end of his unsuccessful presidential bid in December, will take the role of a surrogate for Trump. He spelled out his support for Trump before the Iowa caucuses.

Trump has been capturing rewards in preceding contests. However, Robert Harms, Caucus Chair, pointed out that if Haley defeats Trump in this state, it will have implications during the Super Tuesday race when most states and territories will cast their votes for the Republican nominee.

“So, if something unusual happens in North Dakota on Monday, it could very well influence how some of those other states vote the following day,” Harms said.

VOTING PROCESS

The Republicans will first assemble Monday at sites numbering 12. Caucus voters are free to pay a $50 annual membership, but those unwilling or unable to pay this amount will be required to take a party membership pledge.

North Dakota is the unique state that doesn’t require it. Only those who hold a driving license and have satisfied the state protocol for voter identification will be allowed to take part in the caucuses.

It takes twenty-nine delegates to win a state. To obtain those delegates, candidates need to earn at least 20% of the vote. A candidate who polls 60 percent will get all the delegates.

The only available voting option would be to cast votes in person on the printed ballots that are manually counted. The party has printed out 30,000 ballots at this stage, and Harms is expected to announce the results after 9 p.m. CST. On Monday, it was confirmed that no candidate would be featuring North Dakota on his or her schedule.

TRUMP’S HISTORY

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In 2016, North Dakota managed to provide a delegation to Trump that made him the officially announced candidate for the Republican presidential nominee.

He swept the state’s entire three electoral college votes in both 2016 and 2020, winning about 63% in 2016 and 65% in 2020 of those individual votes.

During 2017, Trump visited the cities of Bismarck and Mandan, where he talked about tax cuts. He campaigned twice in Fargo in 2018 for the success of his Republican friend, Senator Kevin Cramer, after he defeated Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in a congressional bid.

ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS?

North Dakota’s Democratic-NPL Party is carrying out the primary almost entirely by mail, with the documents sent from February 20 to March 30 and staffed in-person voting for the members of the Indian reservations. President Joe Biden, Rep. Dean Phillips, and six others hope to win their races, as reported by Associated Press.

A third entity will count votes on March 30 in Fargo, and with results available on the party’s website afterward.

V.P. Bernie Sanders won the party in the caucuses in 2016 and 2020.

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