The state’s trend-busting boom gives its political dynamic — and the tight race for U.S. Senate — a rarefied air.
Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a former North Dakota attorney general, chats during a stop at the Mandan rodeo. She and her opponent, Republican Rep. Rick Berg, are vying for the open seat of retiring Democrat Kent Conrad. But in a state where the economy is actually doing well, the political debate sounds a little different than it does in the rest of the country. Carlos Javier Ortiz/For The Washington Post