United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2012
|Elections in North Dakota|
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; a candidate must receive at least 300 votes to appear on the general election ballot in November.
Rick Berg, a member of the Republican Party who was first elected to represent the at-large district in 2010, has announced that he will not seek re-election, but will instead run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kent Conrad. Republican Kevin Cramer won the open seat.
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.
- Kevin Cramer, Public Service Commissioner
- Brian Kalk, Public Service Commissioner and state party endorsed candidate
- Shane Goettle, U.S. Senator John Hoeven's state director
- Bette Grande, state representative
- DuWayne Hendrickson, perennial candidate
- Kim Koppelman, state representative
- Rick Berg, incumbent U.S. Representative
- Al Carlson, state House Majority Leader
- Tony Clark, Public Service Commissioner
- Cory Fong, North Dakota State Tax Commissioner
- Tony Grindberg, state senator
- Robert Harms, Tea Party activist and former treasurer of the North Dakota Republican Party
- Kelly Schmidt, North Dakota State Treasurer
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.
|Mason Dixon||June 4–6, 2012||625†||± 4%||60%||21%||19%|
|Forum Communications Co.||May 3–8, 2012||500||± 4.3%||38%||25%||27%|
†Likely general election voters
- Ben Vig, former state representative
|Mason Dixon||October 26–28, 2012||625||± 4.0%||40%||50%||2%||8%|
|Forum/Essman||October 12–15, 2012||500||± 4%||32%||52%||1%||15%|
|Mason-Dixon||October 3–5, 2012||625||± 4%||37%||49%||2%||12%|
|Mason Dixon||June 4–6, 2012||625||± 4%||35%||49%||4%||12%|
|Forum Communications Co.||May 3–8, 2012||500‡||± 4.3%||23%||61%||–||15%|
‡Likely primary voters
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- "North Dakota Century Code". Secretary of State. August 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
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- 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.
- Daum, Kristen M (September 28, 2011). "Former state legislator Vig declines U.S. House run". Flickertales from The Hill. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
- Ames, Richard (November 20, 2011). "Libertarians take a stand on measure #2" (Press release). Libertarian Party of North Dakota. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- North Dakota State Board of Elections
- United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012 at Ballotpedia
- North Dakota U.S. House at OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in North Dakota from OpenSecrets.org
- Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation
- Official campaign websites