Edwards to Campaign in North Dakota

Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (search) will campaign in Fargo on Saturday, North Dakota's Democratic congressional delegation said in a joint statement.

Sens. Byron Dorgan (search) and Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (search) invited Edwards and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (search) to campaign in North Dakota, which was ignored by the national Democratic ticket four years ago.

Details about Edwards' visit were being worked out, the statement said. It is expected to include a midday public rally.

Both Kerry and Edwards visited Fargo earlier this year. Kerry campaigned there in February, on the eve of the state's presidential preference caucuses, which he won with 51 percent of the vote. Edwards spoke at the state Democratic convention in Fargo last April.

Many Democrats were annoyed four years ago when the party's presidential candidate, Al Gore, and vice presidential hopeful Joseph Lieberman skipped North Dakota during their national campaign.

Dorgan, who is up for re-election this year, has been particularly active in lobbying Kerry and Edwards to make a campaign visit. Edwards' Fargo stop will also bring the Democratic campaign attention in Minnesota, which is considered a competitive state for this fall's presidential election.

No Democrat has carried North Dakota's electoral votes for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In 2000, President Bush won the state with 61 percent of the vote.