North Dakota Senate Race: A Right Turn

  • Dana Michael HarsellEmail author


While predominantly a red state, North Dakota had a long history of supporting Republicans for statewide offices and presidential elections and electing Democrats to the US House and Senate. Elected to the Senate by a slim margin in 2012, Heidi Heitkamp was defending a seat that had been held by Democrats since 1960. She was challenged by Kevin Cramer, a three-term representative for North Dakota’s lone congressional district. Cramer initially decided not to run for the seat only to be called by President Trump, who encouraged him to do it for the country. Cramer’s victory likely marks the return of one-party rule in North Dakota.

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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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