List of United States Senate elections in North Dakota

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North Dakota United States Senate elections determine who serves as U.S. senator, representing North Dakota, for six-year terms. The elections are staggered so that neither of North Dakota's two senate seats will be up for election during the same year unless a special election is needed to fill a vacated seat.

North Dakota was represented by two Democratic-NPL senators from 1987 to 2011 even though the state is politically conservative.

Summary of recent elections[edit]

  • 1986 - Kent Conrad (D) defeated incumbent senator Mark Andrews (R), by just over 2,000 votes after a strenuous campaign.
  • 1988 - Quentin Burdick (D) won re-election over Republican challenger Earl Strinden.
  • 1992 - Quentin Burdick (D) died, and his wife, Jocelyn Burdick is appointed to replace him temporarily until a special election is held. Kent Conrad vacated his seat, and Representative Byron Dorgan (D) won the vacated seat over Steve Sydness (R) in the general election. Burdick's vacated seat was won by Conrad in a special election in December.
  • 1994 - Kent Conrad (D) won re-election to his second term over Republican challenger Ben Clayburgh.
  • 1998 - Byron Dorgan (D) won re-election to his second term over Republican challenger Donna Nalewaja.
  • 2000 - Kent Conrad (D) won re-election to his third term over Republican challenger Duane Sand.
  • 2004 - Byron Dorgan (D) won re-election to his third over Republican challenger Mike Liffrig.
  • 2006 - Kent Conrad (D) won re-election to his fourth term over Republican challenger Dwight Grotberg.
  • 2010 - Byron Dorgan (D) retired. John Hoeven (R) won the open seat by a 3-1 landslide, marking the first time North Dakota has been represented by a Republican in the Senate since 1987.
  • 2012 - Kent Conrad (D) retired. Heidi Heitkamp (D) won the open seat, narrowly defeating Republican Rick Berg.

Future events[edit]

  • 2016: Election at the end of current term of John Hoeven (R).
  • 2018: Election at the end of current term of Heidi Heitkamp (D).