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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: North Dakota Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|North Dakota's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
|Yes||1||2 (at-large, Senate)|
BISMARCK: North Dakota: North Dakota has one U.S. House seat and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Currently, the Republican Party holds the Congressional seat from North Dakota, while the Democratic party holds the Senate seat. According to race ratings, both races are competitive.
Polling locations in North Dakota cannot open earlier than 7:00 a.m. and must be open by 9:00 a.m. with the exception of those precincts in which fewer than 75 votes were cast in the last General Election. The governing body of the exempt polling locations may direct the polls to open no later than 12:00 noon. All polling locations must remain open until 7:00 p.m. and close no later than 9:00 p.m.
North Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.
The Senate election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Kent Conrad (D). First elected in 1986, Conrad is not running for re-election in 2012. Vying for his open seat in the general election are Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican U.S. House incumbent Rick Berg. Heitkamp ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Berg defeated Navy Commander Duane Sand to win the Republican nomination. The New York Times' analysis of the 2012 North Dakota Senate race rated it as leaning Republican. The Cook Political Report rates this race a tossup.
According to the Washington Post, North Dakota is a battleground district in 2012, with incumbent Berg running for the Senate. Democrat Pam Gulleson is vastly out-raising the Republican candidate, and has a "fighting chance" in a conservative state.
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in North Dakota:
- Candidates running in the at-large district
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
North Dakota has one at-large district.
For more information, view Redistricting in North Dakota.
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- 2012 elections preview: North Dakota voters prepare for congressional and legislative primaries May 14
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: North Dakota Legislature
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: North Dakota State Executive Officials
- United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012
- North Dakota elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections