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Republican Convention in Minot

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More than one thousand people are expected to pack the State Fair Center in Minot this weekend for State Republican Convention.

The delegates will be choosing candidates several offices in the November election.

Jim Olson is live at the Fairgrounds where the stage is all set.

As you can see, the stage is ready for tomorrow's opening of the convention.

And the buzz among convention delegates is the race for the nomination for agriculture commissioner.

Doug Goehring is the incumbent, having won election in 2010.

But he is being challenged for re-election by a farmer-rancher from the Devils Lake area, Judy Estenson.

I talked with Estenseon this afternoon about her decision to challenge a Republican incumbent for a state-wide position.

(Judy Estenson, Candidate for Ag Commissioner) "Everybody thinks that I've either got to be really crazy or really brave and you know I don't think it's either one. It just boils down to I just genuinely care. I care about North Dakota. I care about the future for our children. I care about North Dakota ag - I've met lots of young farmers and ranchers who want a commissioner who will stand up for North Dakota every time."

Estenson has won endorsement from North Dakota Farm Bureau.

The vote by delegates on the ag commissioner race is one of the last events on the convention schedule - it's due about mid-morning on Sunday.

Between now and then, the Republicans will be endorsing candidates for US Congress, state tax commissioner, public service commission, attorney general, and secretary of state.

But most of the focus will be what the one thousand or so delegates will decide about which candidate gets their backing for state agriculture commissioner.

Live at the State Fair Center, Jim Olson, KX News.

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