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Port: Heitkamp criticized by former Democratic Party Chairman for welcoming Trump to North Dakota

Senator Heidi Heitkamp provides Chamber members a Congressional update as she wraps up her first year representing North Dakota in the United States Senate Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the North Dakota State College of Science Skills and Technology Center in Fargo. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service

President Donald Trump coming to North Dakota has present Senator Heidi Heitkamp with a political conundrum.

On one hand is Senator Heitkamp’s state political party. The moderates have left the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party, leaving behind a relatively small organization of angry progressives who, among other things, hate President Donald Trump.

On the other hand is the rest of the North Dakota electorate which gave Trump a resounding victory over Hillary Clinton in last year’s election and which continue to give the President some of the highest approval ratings in the nation.

Heitkamp needs the latter group to win re-election in 2018, much more so than the former group, which is why she welcome President Trump to North Dakota with open arms last week. She knows which side her political bread is buttered on, but the move has gone over like a lead balloon among Heitkamp’s fellow Democrats.

“[D]oes she actually feel President Donald Trump coming to Bismarck is a good thing?” Greg Hodur, a former chairman of the state Democratic party, wrote in an indignant letter to the editor published by the Fargo Forum today.

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