United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in North Dakota

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

North Dakota District Pages
At-Large District

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Kevin Cramer Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Berg Republican Party
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North Dakota U.S. House Elections
At-large district

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in North Dakota took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Republican Kevin Cramer won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 13, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: North Dakota has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: North Dakota has no voter registration. North Dakota precincts maintain lists of qualified voters.[2]

See also: North Dakota elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Rick Berg (R), who was first elected in 2010. Berg did not run for re-election. Instead, he is sought election to the U.S. Senate, and was defeated.

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

According to the Washington Post, North Dakota was a battleground district in 2012, with incumbent Rick Berg running for Senate and Republicans duking it out in the primary. Democrat Pam Gulleson vastly outraised the Republican candidates, and had a "fighting chance" in a conservative state.[3]

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the one Congressional seat from North Dakota.

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

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) did not make a projection about who would win this seat.[4]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

North Dakota is tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (1 out of 2). The national average was 54.31%.

North Dakota's one U.S. House incumbent did not seek re-election in 2012. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Margin of victory for winners

There was a total of 1 seat up for election in 2012 in North Dakota. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
North Dakota, At-Large, District Republican Party Kevin Cramer 13.2% 316,224 Pam Gulleson

General election candidates

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 Republican Party Kevin Cramer No


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay. General election candidates

Democratic Party Pam Gulleson
Republican Party Kevin CramerGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Eric Olson

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

The following candidates initially expressed interest but did not appear on primary ballot

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Primary Results

Republican Primary

North Dakota's Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer 54.5% 54,405
Brian Kalk 45.5% 45,415
Total Votes 99,820

See also