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North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

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The North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012, following a primary on June 12, 2012.
Republican Party Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley (R) IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee (D)
Independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns (L)
Independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman (Con)

In 2000, Jack Dalrymple was elected Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota on the Republican ticket with John Hoeven, the party's gubernatorial candidate. The pair won re-election in 2004 and 2008. In 2010, though, Hoeven won a seat in the U.S. Senate, vacating his gubernatorial post and leaving Dalrymple, as his lieutenant governor, to serve the remainder of his four-year term. Dalrymple won election in 2012 to a four-year term of his own, on a ticket with his lieutenant governor, Drew Wrigley. After Dalrymple won the endorsement and support of the North Dakota Republican Party at its statewide convention, his only challenger, Paul Sorum, withdrew from the race.

State Senator Ryan Taylor ran with Ellen Chaffee on the Democratic ticket.[1]

Libertarian candidates Roland Riemers and Richard Ames filed their joint candidacy with the North Dakota Secretary of State, but Ames' application was missing a page and deemed invalid. Riemers ran by himself in the primary election and received more than the requisite 300 votes to appear on the general election ballot, but before Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified the results of the primary, he sought an opinion from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. According to the state constitution, the governor and lieutenant governor must be elected on a joint ballot. Stenehjem, citing the North Dakota Century Code and the constitution, ruled that Riemers' candidacy was invalid because there was no lieutenant governor candidate on the ballot with him.[2][3]


General election

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent 63.1% 200,525
     Democratic Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee 34.3% 109,048
     independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman 1.7% 5,356
     independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns 0.8% 2,618
Total Votes 317,547
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.
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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines were at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
April 13 Candidate filing deadline
June 12 Primary election
Nov. 6 General election
Nov. 16 Results certified

Race tracking

See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2012 Race Rankings - North Dakota Governor
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[4] Safe Republican
Governing Politics[5] Likely Republican
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[6] Safe Republican
The Rothenberg Political Report[7] Safe Republican
Overall Call

Due dates for reports

The North Dakota Secretary of State administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.


  • Pre-primary report for January 1 through May 23
  • Pre-general report for January 1 through October 17
  • Year-end report for January 1 through December 31

Filing period:

  • May 24 - 31, 2012
  • October 18-25, 2012
  • January 1-31, 2013


Ryan Taylor and Ellen Chaffee

Taylor for North Dakota Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[8]May 31, 2012$45,280.46$258,437.25$(63,967.58)$239,750.13
Running totals

Jack Dalrymple and Drew Wrigley

Dalrymple for Governor Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-primary[9]May 31, 2012$709,997.97$530,010.40$(219,323.38)$1,020,684.99
Running totals

Roland Riemers

Roland Riemers Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[10]May 29, 2012$0.00$0.00$(0.00)$0.00
Running totals

General election

Governor of North Dakota, 2012
Poll Jack Dalrymple Ryan TaylorAnother candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
July 10-11, 2012
Rasmussen Poll
(October 17-18, 2012)
AVERAGES 57% 32.5% 1.5% 8.5% +/-4.5 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

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