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Plain Talk: On the midterms and the fight for the NDGOP in North Dakota's legislative primaries

Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis joins this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the national midterms, while Wednesday co-host Chad Oban and I discuss the trajectory of the competitive Republican legislative primaries here in North Dakota.

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks before a rally for former President Donald Trump at The Farm at 95 on April 9 in Selma, North Carolina. Cawthorn was defeated in Tuesday's primary by state Sen. Chuck Edwards.
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MINOT, N.D. — This year's primaries, from local legislative races to the national midterms, are in many ways a referendum on the influence of disgraced former President Donald Trump and his movement's ongoing influence on the GOP.

What did we learn after this week's primary elections? And the fundraising numbers we're seeing in North Dakota's Republican legislative primaries so far?

We talked about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Matt Lewis, a senior columnist for the Daily Beast and host of the Matt Lewis and the News podcast , joined to discuss the national races.

Wednesday co-host Chad Oban and I discussed the more local races, where traditional or "establishment" legislative candidates seem to have an edge.

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"I expect to be announcing that decision in a matter ... of hours not days," he said, adding that he doesn't expect to make the announcement today, but it's coming soon.

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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