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Hanson endorses fellow ND Democrat Schneider in US House race

North Dakota Democratic congressional candidate Ben Hanson speaks during district conventions in Fargo on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. John Hageman / Forum News Service

BISMARCK -- Fresh off a defeat at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL convention, former state Rep. Ben Hanson broadcast his support for the party’s endorsed candidate in the U.S. House race Tuesday, March 20.

Hanson endorsed Grand Forks attorney Mac Schneider, the former minority leader in the state Senate. Saturday, he didn’t immediately rule out a primary election challenge after losing the three-way endorsement contest.

“My good friend Mac is going to pick up where this campaign left off, traveling the state to visit with North Dakotans and doing the work to bring victory for Democrats up and down the ticket,” Hanson said in a statement.

Schneider, in a statement, thanked Hanson for running a campaign with “integrity and class.”

Hanson, of Fargo, launched his campaign in August, months before Schneider’s entrance into the race in early March. Hanson said he’ll continue to travel the state in support of the Democratic candidates through November’s election.

“Democracy’s not a spectator sport and that’s why I won’t be slowing down,” he said.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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