GOP's Berg beats Dem Pomeroy for ND US House seat

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 11:15 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Republican Rick Berg has defeated nine-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy to become the first Republican in three decades to serve as North Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House.

With 83 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Berg had 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Pomeroy.

Pomeroy has served for 18 years. Democrat Byron Dorgan was North Dakota's House member for 12 years before that.

The 51-year-old Berg is a Fargo state legislator and former North Dakota House majority leader. He's an executive in a Fargo property development company.

Berg was critical of Pomeroy's support for federal health care legislation. He said Pomeroy was partly responsible for the exploding national debt.

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