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  • North Dakota is a land of geographic and climatic extremes, and this extremism may well be reflected in the state's politics. Becoming a state when the Republican Party dominated national politics, North Dakota remained staunchly Republican until the early twentieth century, partly through the control of a strong Republican political machine. Generally considered a conservative stronghold, the state flirted briefly with Populism and Progressivism and then originated one of the most radical political reform movements in the nation's history, the Nonpartisan League. North Dakota has tended to elect strong political personalities to Congress, who often served lengthy careers in Washington. Some members of the state's congressional delegation, such as Republican senator George P. Nye in the post–World War I era and Democratic senators Kent Conrad ...

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