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United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in North Dakota

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November 6 Election Winner:
Heidi Heitkamp Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kent Conrad Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Tossup (prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in North Dakota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 13, 2012. The primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.

The 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.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Heidi Heitkamp
Republican Party Rick Berg

June 12, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Republican Party Republican primary

Primary Results

Republican Primary

U.S. Senate-North Dakota Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 66.5% 67,860
Duane Sand 33.5% 34,213
Total Votes 102,073

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [5]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- North Dakota Senate
Month Rating
May 31, 2012[6]     
May 10, 2012[7]     
March 22, 2012[8]     
March 1, 2012[9]     
January 26, 2012[10]     
December 22, 2011[11]     
December 1, 2011[12]     

Election history


On November 2, 2010, John Hoeven won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Tracy Potter and Keith J. Hanson in the general election.[13]

U.S. Senate, North Dakota General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoeven 76.2% 181,689
     Democratic-Nonpartisan League Tracy Potter 22.2% 52,955
     Libertarian Keith J. Hanson 1.6% 3,890
Total Votes 238,534


On November 7, 2006, Kent Conrad won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Dwight Grotberg, Roland Riemers, and James Germalic in the general election.[14]

U.S. Senate, North Dakota General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKent Conrad Incumbent 68.8% 150,146
     Republican Dwight Grotberg 29.5% 64,417
     Independent Roland Riemers 1% 2,194
     Independent James Germalic 0.6% 1,395
Total Votes 218,152

See also