2000 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2000

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  John Hoeven.jpg Heidi Heitkamp official portrait.jpg
Nominee John Hoeven Heidi Heitkamp
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Running mate Jack Dalrymple Aaron Krauter
Popular vote 159,255 130,144
Percentage 55.0% 45.0%

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County Results
     50–60%      60–70%
     50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Ed Schafer

Elected Governor

John Hoeven

The 2000 North Dakota gubernatorial election took place on 7 November 2000 for the post of Governor of North Dakota. Incumbent Republican Governor Ed Schafer decided not to run for reelection. Republican nominee John Hoeven won the election. Heitkamp had led in the polls until early October, when reports indicated that she had breast cancer, and would undergo surgery. She ran advertisements to assure voters she was still fit to serve. But by the final month, Hoeven had taken a six-point lead in a poll. Coincidentally, both were serving simultaneously as the senior and junior U.S Senators, respectively, from the State of North Dakota from 2013 to 2019.[1]







North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2000[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Hoeven 159,255 55.03% -11.16%
Democratic-NPL Heidi Heitkamp 130,144 44.97% +11.16%
Write-ins 13 0.00%
Majority 29,111 10.06% -22.32%
Turnout 289,412
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ Janofsky, Michael (7 November 2000). "THE 2000 ELECTIONS: RACES IN THE STATES; With 11 Governorships Being Contested, Democrats Win 7, Some in States Bush Won". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "ND Secretary of State Election Management System - Statewide Election Results". web.apps.state.nd.us. Retrieved 22 August 2016.