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

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June 13, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

In North Dakota, Tuesday's primary was marked by the defeat of four legislative incumbents. According to the unofficial tally, two senators and two representatives fell to a primary opponent. Also of note, all of District 40's incumbents managed to qualify by write-in vote--all three had failed to file the proper paperwork in time for the primary. At least one House race appears headed for a recount since only 13 votes separate incumbent and challenger.

Contested Primaries in North Dakota -- June 12, 2012
U.S. Congress
(2 seats)
State Legislature
(50 districts)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (100.0%) 7 (14.0%)

Congress

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012

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 ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. U.S. House incumbent Rick Berg defeated Navy Commander Duane Sand to win 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. Kevin Cramer defeated Brian Kalk to win the Republican nomination. Democrat Pam Gulleson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. During the Republican primary contest, Cramer out-raised Kalk, bringing in $311,239. Kalk raised $294,355 for his campaign. Both Cramer and Kalk are members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.[1]


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 legislatures

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012 and North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012
  • Of the state's 75 incumbents, 60 (80.0%) are running for re-election and 15 (20.0%) are retiring.
  • Five incumbents (8.3% of those running) are running for re-election in a new district due to redistricting.
  • Only seven incumbents (11.7% of those running) faced a primary opponent--seven Republicans and no Democrats.
  • In total, four North Dakota incumbents (6.7% of those running) were defeated in Tuesday's primary election. A breakdown of those races is as follows.
  • In House District 14, incumbent Duane Lee DeKrey was defeated by fellow incumbent Robin Weisz and former District 7 incumbent Jon Nelson in the Republican primary. Nelson was moved into District 14 by redistricting. The winners will be unopposed in November.
  • All of the House District 40 incumbents managed to qualify for the general election ballot by each receiving at least 143 write-in votes. Neither Sen. Karen Krebsbach, Rep. Robert Frantsvog, nor Rep. Matthew Klein filed the proper paperwork in time for the primary 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


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