North Dakota Election Results 2012: Heitkamp appears to win Senate seat; Dalrymple coasts to reelection as governor

November 7, 2012

Here is a summary of the election results in North Dakota: (View full map)

President

The state’s three electoral votes, like those of neighboring South Dakota, went to Republican candidate Mitt Romney, according to the Associated Press. The call was made even before the polls closed. A Republican victory had been regarded as an almost foregone conclusion.

Senate

Following a vigorous race for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp led Republican Rick Berg by 2,994 votes with all precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Berg had been viewed as a slight favorite, but Heitkamp, a former state attorney general showed herself to be an able campaigner. Under North Dakota law, a candidate can ask for a recount if the margin of victory is more than 0.5 percent, but less than 2 percent. The margin in this race is about 1 percent and as of 5:45 a.m. the official outcome was still uncertain.

Governor

Republican Jack Dalrymple, the incumbent, won an easy victory over Democrat Ryan Taylor, the state Senate minority leader. Dalrymple garnered more than 63 percent of the vote.

House

Republican Kevin Cramer won the race for the state’s only House seat, which became open when Rep. Rick Berg, also a Republican, chose to try for the Senate.

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