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2012 elections preview: North Dakota voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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June 11, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The fast-moving primary season of May and June continues today with elections in North Dakota. Two seats in the United States Congress were up for election in 2012. In the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, 75 seats were up for election in 50 districts.

Polling locations cannot open earlier than 7:00 a.m. and must be open by 9:00 a.m. An exception is made for precincts in which fewer than 75 votes were cast in the last general election. In exempt polling locations, local officials may open polls as late as noon. All polling locations must remain open until 7:00 p.m. and close no later than 9:00 p.m.[1] To find your polling location and time, use the state voter address search located here.

Contested Primaries in North Dakota -- June 13, 2012
U.S. Congress
(2 districts)
State Legislature
(50 districts)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (100.0%) 7 (14.0%)


U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012

North Dakota has only one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Incumbent Kent Conrad (D) is not running for re-election. Heidi Heitkamp is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. U.S. House incumbent Rick Berg and Navy Commander Duane Sand are both vying for the Republican nomination.

U.S. House

See also: North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

North Dakota has only one at-large seat on the ballot in 2012. Incumbent Rick Berg (R) is running for U.S. Senate, leaving the at-large House seat open. As such, two members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission are vying for the Republican nomination--Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk. Democrat Pam Gulleson is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. During the Republican primary contest, Cramer outraised Kalk, bringing in $311,239. Kalk raised $294,355 for his campaign.[2]

Members of the U.S. House from North Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

State legislature

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012 and North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

In total, 75 seats in 50 legislative districts are up for election in 2012 -- 25 Senate seats and 50 House seats. Each of the 25 House districts up for election is home to two representatives.

There are no contested Democratic primaries and seven (14.0%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, out of the 100 possible primary contests (two parties X 50 districts), there will be only seven (7.0%) primaries where a candidate must defeat a challenger in order to advance to the general election. This figure is lower than the current national contested primary average of 22.84% (for states whose filing deadline has passed).

In total, 15 legislators are retiring from their current seats--four senators and 11 representatives.



North Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 13
     Republican Party 35 33
     Vacancy 1
Total 47 47

North Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 25 23
     Republican Party 69 71
Total 94 94

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