ND NPL convention has Democrats hopeful for November

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(WDAY News) GRAND FORKS — The Democrats of North Dakota have taken over Grand Forks.

The NPL’s state convention has hundreds of delegates choosing candidates for November.

More than 400 delegates made some big decisions on Friday, and the mood was one of excitement.

That excitement is likely to grow on Saturday as former Vice President Joe Biden hits the stage

Friday, endorsements for several positions were handed out, but two big ones remain.

“There’s a lot of excitement throughout the whole convention,” said John Grabinger, ND State Senator, 12th District.

It was easy to see what mood North Dakota’s Democrats were in, as one of the party’s biggest days is in the books.

“Okay, who’s going to fill this (spot) we’re going to decide this today, and we’re going to decide this at the convention,” said Earl Pomeroy, Former U.S. Representative.

After several hours of voting from Delegates endorsements for Attorney General and Ag Commissioner are figured out, but the NPL still has to decide who will vie for the open U.S. house seat.

That race is contested, with ex-legislators Ben Hanson, Mac Schneider taking on State Senator John Grabinger.

“We’re going to make a tough ticket that’s going to bring us closer to victory in November and turn this thing around,” said Grabinger.

He’s hopeful the party will choose him, but confident in the Democratic Ticket no matter who’s name rings out.

“We’ll certainly support that wholeheartedly and give them the best chance come November, it’s vital,” said Grabinger.

Delegates say inspiration can be drawn from other “red” states.

“We’re riding a really big wave right now especially with Connor Lamb winning in Pennsylvania and Roy Moore losing in Alabama,” said Beau Cummings, NPL Delegate, 19th District.

Barring a shocking development Senator Heidi Heitkamp will receive the party’s endorsement tomorrow as well.

She’s expected to be talked up by former VP Joe Biden, who is the keynote speaker on Saturday, which party faithful are confident will help their chances.

“I think it’ll help us generate a lot of excitement for the party in the state. The sky’s the limit for the Democratic Party in North Dakota,” said Cummings.

Biden will take the stage Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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