2012 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota

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2012 United States House of Representatives Election in North Dakota

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  Kevin Cramer, official portrait, 113th Congress (cropped).jpg Pam Gulleson, 15 September 2012 (cropped).png
Nominee Kevin Cramer Pam Gulleson
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Popular vote 173,433 131,869
Percentage 54.9% 41.7%

North Dakota House of Representatives At-Large Election Results by County, 2012.svg
County results:

Cramer:        

Gulleson:        

Representative before election

Rick Berg
Republican

Elected Representative

Kevin Cramer
Republican

NDAtlarge.gif

The 2012 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the U.S. Representative from the state's at-large congressional district. The election coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election to the U.S. Senate. A primary election was held on June 12, 2012;[1] a candidate must receive at least 300 votes to appear on the general election ballot in November.[2]

Rick Berg, a member of the Republican Party who was first elected to represent the at-large district in 2010, had announced that he will not seek re-election, but will instead run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kent Conrad.[3] Republican Kevin Cramer won the open seat.

Republican primary[edit]

The North Dakota Republican Party endorsed Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk at their state convention, though general election ballot access is determined by a statewide primary election held on June 12, 2012. In contrast to state political tradition, fellow Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer did not seek the party endorsement, instead attempting to defeat Kalk on the June primary ballot.

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Kevin Cramer, Public Service Commissioner[4]
  • Brian Kalk, Public Service Commissioner and state party endorsed candidate[5]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Debate[edit]

The North Dakota Republican Party held a candidates' debate on December 14 at the campus of Valley City State University. All five GOP candidates declared at the time—Cramer, Goettle, Grande, Kalk, and Koppelman—participated.[16]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Cramer
Brian
Kalk
Undecided
Mason Dixon June 4–6, 2012 625 ± 4% 60% 21% 19%
Forum Communications Co. May 3–8, 2012 500 ± 4.3% 38% 25% 27%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Cramer 54,405 54.4
Republican Brian Kalk 45,415 45.5
n/a Write-ins 113 0.1
Total votes 99,933 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

  • Ben Vig, former state representative[19]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Pam Gulleson 51,750 99.9
Democratic-NPL Write-in 74 0.1
Total votes 51,824 100.0

Libertarian nomination[edit]

The Libertarian Party of North Dakota has selected small business owner Eric Olson as their nominee at a state meeting.[21]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Cramer (R)
Pam
Gulleson (D)
Eric
Olson (L)
Undecided
Mason Dixon October 26–28, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 50% 40% 2% 8%
Forum/Essman October 12–15, 2012 500 ± 4% 52% 32% 1% 15%
Mason-Dixon October 3–5, 2012 625 ± 4% 49% 37% 2% 12%
Mason Dixon June 4–6, 2012 625 ± 4% 49% 35% 4% 12%
Forum Communications Co. May 3–8, 2012 500 ± 4.3% 61% 23% 15%

Results[edit]

North Dakota's At-large congressional district, 2012[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Cramer 173,585 54.89% +0.15%
Democratic-NPL Pam Gulleson 131,870 41.70% -3.23%
Libertarian Eric Olson 10,261 3.24% N/A
n/a Write-ins 508 0.16% -0.17%
Total votes 316,224 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Dakota election calendar" (PDF). Secretary of State. July 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "North Dakota Century Code". Secretary of State. August 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Toeplitz, Shira (May 16, 2011). "House Freshman Berg Will Run for Senate in North Dakota". Roll Call. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Wetzel, Dale (November 3, 2011). "ND's Cramer uses Web video to open US House campaign; running for Congress for fourth time". The Republic. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (May 20, 2011). "Kalk to Run for House Instead of Senate in North Dakota". Roll Call. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Daum, Kristen M (November 29, 2011). "Goettle declares as 4th GOP contender in 2012 U.S. House race". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  7. ^ Daum, Kristen M (October 3, 2011). "Fargo legislator Bette Grande will announce U.S. House run Tuesday". Flickertales from The Hill. areavoices. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  8. ^ Smith, Nick (January 12, 2012). "Hendrickson joins GOP race for U.S. House". The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Daum, Kristen M (December 5, 2011). "West Fargo legislator seeks GOP nod in packed U.S. House race". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Catanese, David (April 27, 2011). "Hoeven: Berg 'likely' to run". Politico. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Toeplitz, Shira (May 3, 2011). "N.D. GOP Expecting Competitive House Race". Roll Call. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  12. ^ Schneider, Mark (June 12, 2011). "North Dakota asks: Is anyone on the job?". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  13. ^ Daum, Kristen M (October 13, 2011). "N.D. tax commissioner opts against congressional bid in 2012". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  14. ^ Daum, Kristen M (November 2, 2011). "Grindberg not running for U.S. House in 2012". Flickertales from The Hill. areavoices. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  15. ^ Finneman, Teri (February 20, 2012). "Kelly Schmidt to seek third term as North Dakota treasurer". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  16. ^ Daum, Kristen M (December 1, 2011). "NDGOP announces Dec. 14th debate for its U.S. House candidates". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  17. ^ a b http://results.sos.nd.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=SW&map=CTY
  18. ^ Daum, Kristen M (September 21, 2011). "Democrat Pam Gulleson running for North Dakota's U.S. House seat". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  19. ^ Daum, Kristen M (September 28, 2011). "Former state legislator Vig declines U.S. House run". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  20. ^ Cite error: The named reference Results was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  21. ^ Ames, Richard (November 20, 2011). "Libertarians take a stand on measure #2" (Press release). Libertarian Party of North Dakota. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites