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Republicans stream into Minot for GOP state convention

MINOT — Republicans from across the state began rolling into the “Magic City” on Friday for the North Dakota GOP State Convention.

As of 6 p.m., 980 delegates and 25 alternates were signed up for the convention, with most expected to register this morning at the State Fair Center.

Delegates gathered at the Holiday Inn on Friday evening for socializing and the Governor’s Club Dinner.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who faces a challenge for the GOP endorsement from Judy Estenson, a rural Warwick farmer-rancher and registered nurse, was among those hosting a hospitality room at the hotel. Their race is expected to be hard-fought and won’t be decided until Sunday morning, the last endorsement on the convention agenda.

The convention officially convenes at 10 a.m. today at the State Fair Center. In the afternoon, delegates will endorse candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, state tax commissioner, Public Service Commission and attorney general. Three endorsements will happen Sunday: Public Service Commission, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.

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