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North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

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North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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North Dakota State Senate2012 North Dakota House Elections
Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate were held in North Dakota on November 6, 2012. A total of 25 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 13, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012.

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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the North Dakota State Senate:

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

Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Dave Nething Ends.png Republican Senate District 12
George Nodland Ends.png Republican Senate District 36
Layton Freborg Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
Ryan Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in North Dakota in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 50 $355,067
2010 42 $271,222
2008 19 $863,330
2006 50 $229,294
2004 43 $161,116
2002 51 $242,201
2000 53 $133,970

During the 2012 election, the total contributions to the 50 Senate candidates was $355,067. The top 10 contributors were:[2]

2012 Donors, North Dakota State Senate
Donor Amount
North Dakota Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus $25,600
North Dakota Senate Republican Caucus $18,605
Lignite Energy Council $16,000
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives $11,750
Boilermakers Local 647 $11,500
North Dakota Association of Realtors $11,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council $10,050
North Dakota Education Association $9,959
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $8,600
Friends of Kent Conrad $8,500

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in North Dakota

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a new redistricting plan without much tenuousness in special session on November 8, 2012; Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) signed it the next day. With the Legislature remaining the same size, two rural districts were cut, leaving new districts to be created in Bismarck and Fargo. Over a dozen incumbents were paired. With two-thirds Republican majorities in both chambers, House majority leader Al Carlson (R) called the plan "a Republican plan for the next 10 years." Rep. Jerry Kelsh (D) lamented the outcome for rural areas, and Democrats saw their proposal to prevent the pairing of Senate minority leader Ryan Taylor and former Senate Democratic leader David O'Connell rejected.[3]

Qualifications

Article 4, Section 5 of the North Dakota Constitution states: State Senators and Representatives must be, on the day of the election, qualified voters in the district from which they are chosen and a resident of the state for one year preceding election to office.

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • John Andrist 2,091 Approveda Incumbent Andrist first assumed office in 1992.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lynn Jacobson: 2,576
Republican Party John Andrist: 4,997 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • John M. Warner 1,097 Approveda Incumbent Warner first assumed office in 2004.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John M. Warner: 3,337 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daryl J. Lies: 3,024

District 6

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Paul O'Connell: 4,054 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Pamela Smith: 3,394

District 7

Note: Incumbent Ryan Taylor (D) ran for Governor in 2012.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Warren Emmer: 2,254
Republican Party Nicole Poolman: 5,040 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Note: Incumbent Layton Freborg (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cole Uecker: 2,386
Republican Party Howard C. Anderson Jr.: 5,036 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Joe Miller 2,002 Approveda Incumbent Miller first assumed office in 2008.
  • Curtis Olafson 1,345 Incumbent Olafson first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daryl Passa: 2,074
Republican Party Joe Miller: 4,671 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Note: Incumbent Dave Nething (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Grabinger: 2,939 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bernie Satrom: 2, 831

District 14

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Jerry Klein 2,891 Approveda Incumbent Klein first assumed office in 1996.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jerry Klein: 6,535 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tyler Axness: 3,099 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Duff: 2,710

District 18

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Connie Triplett: 3,258 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Waterman: 2,172

District 19

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julius M. Wangler: 2,313
Republican Party Tom Campbell: 3,490 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Phil Murphy 1,478 Approveda Incumbent Murphy first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phil Murphy: 3,307Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Melvin Erdmann: 2,833

District 22

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Gary A. Lee 2,049 Approveda Incumbent Lee first assumed office in 2000.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jessica Arneson: 2,795
Republican Party Gary A. Lee: 4,516 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry J. Robinson: 3,836 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Keith E. Hovland: 3,024

District 26

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Dotzenrod 1,728 Approveda Incumbent Dotzenrod first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Dotzenrod: 5,567 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Brokaw: 2,493
Republican Party Robert S. Erbele: 4,851 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Ron Carlisle 2,106 Approveda Incumbent Carlisle first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Guy: 2,473
Republican Party Ron Carlisle: 4,219 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Dick Dever 1,925 Approveda Incumbent Dever first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wanda Rose: 2,433
Republican Party Dick Dever: 4,047 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Dwight Cook 2,124 Approveda Incumbent Cook first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stacey J. Bendish: 2,531
Republican Party Dwight Cook: 4,129 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Note: Incumbent George Nodland (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rich Brauhn: 1,778
Republican Party Kelly Armstrong: 5,234 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • David Hogue 1,707 Approveda Incumbent Hogue first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clarice Granzotto: 1,707
Republican Party David Hogue: 4,243 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Karen Krebsbach 196 (write-in) Approveda Incumbent Krebsbach assumed office in 1989.
Note: As of April 24, no major party candidate had qualified for the primary ballot in District 40. Incumbent Karen Krebsbach (R) did not file the proper paperwork before the filing deadline, and Democrats did not field a candidate. Krebsbach said a misunderstanding about whether the needed paperwork had been turned in caused the problem. Ultimately, Krebsbach earned the Republican nomination by receiving at least 143 write-in votes in the June 12 primary. No Democratic candidate qualified by write-in.[4][5]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Karen Krebsbach: 3,564 Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Mac Schneider 766 Approveda Incumbent Schneider first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mac Schneider: 2,855 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ross Lien: 2,110

District 44

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Tim Flakoll 1,756 Approveda Incumbent Flakoll first assumed office in 1998.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick Olek: 3,502
Republican Party Tim Flakoll: 3,853 Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Jim Roers 1,954 Approveda Incumbent Roers was appointed to the Senate in April 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George B. Sinner: 3,937 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim Roers: 3,619

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