Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: North Dakota State Legislature

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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

North Dakota's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
25 22 (88.0%) 50 44 (88.0%)

BISMARCK, North Dakota: There are 75 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in North Dakota, where polling places 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.

Despite a high number of contested races, elections in both chambers are expected to be relatively uneventful, as Republicans hold strong majorities (even numbered seats are up for election this year). In the Senate, Republicans hold 35 of 47 seats, and in the House they hold 69 of 94 seats.

Of the 75 incumbents up for election in 2012, 61 (81.3%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 66 of 75 (88.0%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 19: Incumbent Tom Campbell (R) narrowly escaped a tough primary battle earlier this year, and will now face Democrat Julius M. Wangler (D) in the general election.


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


See also