North Dakota Republicans selected 25 national delegates Sunday, with results that looked good for Ted Cruz, but were far from certain because each delegate will be a free agent at the national convention. The North Dakota delegates include eight Republicans who have said they will vote for Cruz and one who is supporting Donald Trump. But just as many delegates were mum about their plans when questioned over the weekend. The delegates met Sunday evening, just as the convention ended, and selected State Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong to be chair their convention delegation and chose Republican National Committeeman Curly Haugland and RNC Committeewoman Sandy Boehler to serve on the powerful convention rules committee.
Party leaders make up many of the slots, including Gov. Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and top party donors. But party activists won a good number of slots, too.
The delegates who said they were supporting Cruz Sunday were adamant in their support. Rick Becker, who ran a close race for the Republican nomination for governor at the convention, said he didn’t want to hold out making a decision in order to be wooed by candidates.
“Should I play that game? No, I don’t care. If I was actually undecided, I’d say that, but I just kind of, I’m always standing by principle, as boring as that might be. I know I’m going to support Cruz, I can’t fathom what would occur.” Becker said. “Holding out for a helicopter ride, or the goodie bags, or all that kind of crap. I’m just, I’m not interested in that.”