Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: North Dakota Congressional Seats

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October 31, 2012

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.[1]

North Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

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.[2] The Cook Political Report rates this race a tossup.[3]

U.S. House

The incumbent heading into the election is Rick Berg (R), who was first elected in 2010. Berg is not running for re-election. Instead, he is seeking election to the U.S. Senate.

North Dakota has a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

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.[4]

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in North Dakota:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Pam Gulleson
Republican Party Kevin Cramer
Libertarian Party Eric Olson
Rick Berg Pending Pending
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

North Dakota has one at-large district.
For more information, view Redistricting in North Dakota.


See also