NDGOP’s national delegate vote favors party’s picks

BISMARCK – Despite an hour of debate Saturday morning and nearly nine hours of tallying votes, North Dakota Republican convention-goers overwhelmingly selected the party’s 25 recommended nominees to represent them as delegates at the national convention this summer.

The ordinarily procedural decision drew a fury of objections and delays Saturday morning, after some delegates voiced concerns that the party’s recommended delegates wouldn’t fairly reflect the results of the state’s presidential caucus.

Critics said the party’s preferred nominees disproportionately favored Mitt Romney – who took third in North Dakota’s non-binding caucus. Those objecting to the process offered up a few dozen alternative nominees, who could be voted for as write-in candidates. (Read more on the debate here.)

North Dakota GOP officials announced the results of Saturday morning’s ballot at 7:40 p.m., 8-1/2 hours after Chairman Stan Stein put an end to the repetitious debate.

The 25 nominees who received the most votes were chosen as the NDGOP’s delegates to the national convention. Based on the results, the nominees had to receive 994 votes or more in order to be selected as a delegate.

The top 25 vote-getters turned out to be the same 25 individuals the party originally recommended for the slate of delegates. The most any write-in candidate received was 318 votes, party officials said.

“Our voting process for delegates to the national convention was fair and open, allowing for nominations from the floor of delegates,” NDGOP spokesman Matt Becker said. “In the end, the same slate of delegates that was vetted by our Permanent Organization committee was elected.”

The national delegates are mostly elected officials and loyal party supporters, including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg, first lady Betsy Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, NDGOP Vice-Chairman Jim Poolman and NDGOP Treasurer Robert Harms.

Former NDGOP chairman Gary Emineth – Santorum’s state chairman who chastised party officials Saturday about a “hijacked” process – was also selected as a national delegate.

The results were announced nearly 90 minutes after the convention dispersed Saturday evening, allowing most of the delegates to go home or enjoy the night’s social events.

However, party officials and a few dozen delegates remained at the Civic Center to hear the final vote tallies. The frustrated delegates who so passionately debated over the process Saturday morning were not among those who stayed to hear the results.

Frustrated Paul supporters tried to reignite the debate at the close of the Republican convention Sunday, but NDGOP Chairman Stan Stein would not allow it.

District 47 delegate Karen Erickstad attempted to make a motion on the convention floor, but her microphone was turned off as she sought to speak.

The crowd shouted, attempting to get Stein’s attention, but he continued with a motion to close the convention over the protests.


North Dakota’s 25 delegates to the RNC:

  • John Hoeven, U.S. Senator
  • Rick Berg, U.S. Congressman
  • Betsy Dalrymple, North Dakota first lady
  • Wayne Stenehjem, state attorney general
  • Robert Harms, NDGOP treasurer
  • Kyle Handegard
  • Clare Carlson
  • Gary Emineth, former NDGOP chairman
  • Joe Miller
  • Margaret Sitte
  • Delores Rath
  • Jim Poolman, NDGOP vice-chairman
  • Kelly Schmidt, state treasurer
  • Paul Henderson
  • Gary Lee
  • Francis Klein
  • Mike Schatz
  • Carol Nitschke
  • Shane Goettle, U.S. House candidate
  • Caren Mikesh
  • Karen Rohr
  • Craig Headland
  • Paul Owens
  • Jim Kasper
  • John Kerian

Those who were also nominated, but did not receive enough votes to be selected as delegates.

  • Andrea Tallmen
  • Bob Hale
  • Brett Narloch, North Dakota Policy Council executive director.
  • Chuck Walen
  • David Waterman
  • Bridget Ertelt
  • Donna Henderson
  • Jon Wagar
  • Jonathan Casper
  • Cindy Aafedt
  • Kaylea Crawford
  • Lynn Bergman
  • Mike Coachman
  • Paul Mutch
  • Scott Louser
  • Rebecca Strege
  • Wayne Papke
  • Connie Nicholas
  • Sebastian Ertelt
  • Dwight Groszs
  • Christopher Olson
  • David Johnson
  • Michael Evinger
  • Treleaven
  • Andrew Stegman
  • Toby Olin
  • Chris Stevens

Posted 8:35 p.m. Saturday. Updated 4:35 p.m. Sunday

7 thoughts on “NDGOP’s national delegate vote favors party’s picks

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  2. A hijack if I’ve ever seen one, it discouraged all new comers to the party and also members that “have worked tirelessly” for the party it didn’t matter what anyone did they were going to pick their party elites weather they had contributed and volunteered or not. Stan stein at one point said “anything I say over rules Roberts rules of order” yet that is 100% false it say right in the handbook that Roberts rules over rule any decision that the state party makes! Otherwise why would there even be a Roberts rules of order!? He is a terrible chairman and the ndgop should be embarrased by the convention he dictated yesterday.

  3. Rick WON the caucus, NOT ROMNEY OR PAUL!!!
    I know there was no majority but ROMNEY GOT LESS VOTES THAN Rick and even RON Paul.
    Where were the Santorum delegates. Why didn’t they force a majority with (gasp) the Paul people?
    I will NOT NOT NOT vote for Romney in the general. No unity here. PERSON FIRST!

  4. Here’s a little trip down memory lane — or a slice of North Dakota political history.

    In 1968, at its State Delegate Selection Convention in Bismarck, midst a hotly contested battle between Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy for the Party’s Presidential nomination, the North Dakota Dem-NPL Party made history. The State convention delegates, elected at county conventions throughout North Dakota were 2/3 Humphrey supporters and 1/3 McCarthy supporters, and the Humphrey supporters could easily have elected the National delegate slate of entirely Humphrey supporters proposed by the leadership of the Party; but they didn’t. Instead, they held a straw vote on the convention floor (after both Minnesotans appeared before the convention) and divided the delegation proportionately in accordance with the straw vote results.

    As one of the organizers of the McCarthy delegates I was invited with others to propose the names of McCarthy delegates to add to the slate both as delegates and alternates to the National Convention. Proportional representation was born and, since 1972 when it was written into the rules, it has been the governing principal of Dem-NPL delegate selection at every step of the process. No longer do “leaders” name their slate, however proportionate or not. Now, caucuses are formed based on candidate preference or issue orientation and participants select their allocation of delegates from among those with whom they caucus — people of like mind who will represent them at the National gathering.

    Frankly, I’m shocked that the Republicans are still using this top-down process that is so antithetical to the very idea of representative democracy. It’s way past time they actually operated democratically; the Dem-NPL set aside such smoke-filled-room political practices more than 40 years ago.

    Alice Olson

    • Alice – that’s great info, and something I wish the press would talk more about. I consider myself a democrat – but I still believe all parties should have fair and equal representation at all levels – and even though I’d prefer Romney over Santorum, don’t think it’s right the way things have gone.

  5. Not a shock.

    Maybe she should have taken the microphone and shoved it up his rear and maybe that would stop him from violating her rights and the rights of others. Stan is an idiot and so are his friends who came up with this printed ballot but then she would be in jail. So I’m glad she calmly reacted to this violation of her rights and I am glad that those who were forced to sit through Stan and other party officials and delegates violating their rights. I can only imagine what would have happened if they became angry and reacted.

    Maybe those delegates who voted against taking time to print a list of all delegates who had submitted their names for consideration should have a ballot with all their names on it shoved up their rears and then maybe they wouldn’t vote to violate the rights of others and to infringe on the rights of the minority. Maybe then they will hear us and not treat us with such total disrespect. Of course that’s not possible because we are nothing like them and wouldn’t do to them what they did to us which is violate our rights.

    Now let’s Vote, vote, vote, vote… Let’s let scumbags vote to not even have names on a piece of paper because they are scum of the earth. Is that to much to even ask? Is it people? Is it to much to ask Kristen? Is it low life reporter who personally spoke to Sandy after the meeting? It must be great to have the opportunity to do what this woman who tried to speak could not do because her microphone was turned off by a tyrant who was willing to do what hundreds of other tyrants wanted him to do.

    These people and their families are all alike.

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