United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2002

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The 2002 U.S. House of Representatives election for the state of North Dakota's At-large congressional district was held November 5, 2002. The incumbent, Democratic-NPL Congressman Earl Pomeroy was re-elected to his sixth term, defeating Republican candidate Rick Clayburgh.

Only Pomeroy filed as a Dem-NPLer, and the endorsed Republican candidate was Rick Clayburgh, who was serving as the North Dakota State Tax Commissioner. Pomeroy and Clayburgh won the primary elections for their respective parties.[1]

The election was the closest for Pomeroy in all of his career as congressman; he won by just over 11,000 votes. This was because Clayburgh ran an aggressive campaign, and was the most well-known candidate ever to face Pomeroy; he had held a statewide office for 8 years. United States Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned for Clayburgh in Fargo, North Dakota on July 29.[2]

Election results[edit]

North Dakota's At-large congressional district election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Earl Pomeroy (inc.) 121,073 52.41
Republican Rick Clayburgh 109,957 47.59
Total votes 231,030 100.00
Democratic hold


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