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Published March 05 2010

ND Republicans tap SD Senator Thune for state convention speech

BISMARCK — South Dakota Sen. John Thune will be the keynote speaker for North Dakota’s state GOP convention in two weeks, state Republicans announced today.

“I cannot think of a more appropriate senator to have at our state convention,” North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth said in a statement. “Senator Thune broke the Democratic stronghold in South Dakota the same way we are determined to do this cycle by electing two Republicans to Congress.”

State Republicans meet March 19-21 in Grand Forks to endorse candidates for state and federal races.

North Dakota currently has an all-Democratic delegation, but Republicans are seeking to take both the House seat and one of the state’s Senate seats, which is up for re-election this year.

Thune was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 after successfully unseating 18-year Democratic incumbent and then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.