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Published March 30, 2012, 12:11 PM

Volunteers prepare for start of ND GOP convention

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers are plastering the Bismarck Civic Center with campaign signs as they prepare for the start of the North Dakota Republican state convention.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers are plastering the Bismarck Civic Center with campaign signs as they prepare for the start of the North Dakota Republican state convention.

More than 1,700 delegates are registered to attend the convention. They'll be picking favored candidates for eight offices on Saturday and Sunday. There's competition for four of the ticket spots.

The Civic Center opened Friday morning for candidates to start their convention preparations.

Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says it looked like a shopping mall on the day after Thanksgiving. People were racing around the convention hall trying to get good spots for their signs.

Hamm is up for re-election this fall. He doesn't have any opponents for the Republican endorsement. He says enthusiasm among Republican activists for the fall campaign is as high as he's seen it.

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