United States Senate election in North Dakota, 2010
|Elections in North Dakota|
The 2010 United States Senate election in North Dakota took place on November 2, 2010 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan announced in January 2010 that he would not seek re-election. Republican Governor John Hoeven won the open seat.
Incumbent Byron Dorgan never had a difficult time getting elected, as he obtained 59%, 63%, and 68% in his three senate election bids, respectively. However, in December 2009, Rasmussen Reports conducted a hypothetical matchup of Governor John Hoeven against the incumbent. Hoeven led by a large margin, 58% to Dorgan's 36%. It should be noted that 61% of the state still had a favorable view of Dorgan, and if pitted against State Senator Duane Sand, the incumbent led 52% to 37%.
Several prominent members of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party expressed an interest in the U.S. Senate race once Senator Dorgan announced that he would not run again. Among those people were Joel Heitkamp, a former North Dakota state senator and current radio talk show host of News and Views on KFGO Radio in Fargo, N.D. His sister, former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp of Bismarck, N.D., also considered running, but declined to enter the race as well.
Others who had indicated an interest in the race were businesswoman Kristin Hedger and national progressive talk show host Ed Schultz. Hedger was the Democratic candidate for North Dakota Secretary of State in the 2006 general election, which she lost to the incumbent, Republican Alvin Jaeger.
While flattered to have been asked, Schultz said he had to decline in that he would have been forced to give up his nightly television program on MSNBC The Ed Show as well as his daily progressive national radio show, The Ed Schultz Show, in order to run.
Also, Federal Communications Commission regulations decree that equal and free air time would have had to be given to whomever Schultz's opponents would have been in the election in order to allow them to respond to anything that Schultz would have said about them on his programs.
|Democratic primary results|
|Republican primary results|
- Keith Hanson
|Libertarian primary results|
Hoeven was challenged in the race by North Dakota State Senator Tracy Potter of Bismarck. Potter received the endorsement of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party at its state convention on March 27, 2010. Governor Hoeven and Senator Potter advanced to the November 2, 2010 general election following balloting in North Dakota's primary election, which was held on June 8, 2010. Neither candidate faced any significant opposition in the primary election.
Aggregate polling indicated that Hoeven had large leads against Potter. Hoeven was enormously popular and enjoyed instant name recognition throughout the state of North Dakota. Hoeven was elected to an unprecedented third consecutive four-year term as governor in November 2008. Hoeven's election in 2010 to the U.S. Senate appeared to be all but a sure thing even before the campaign officially started. The immensely popular Hoeven enjoyed double-digit leads in opinion polling relative to the U.S. Senate race since earlier this year.
John Hoeven was sworn into the U.S. Senate on January 3, 2011.
|Cook Political Report||Solid R||October 26, 2010|
|Rothenberg||Safe R||October 22, 2010|
|Swing State Project||Safe R|
|RealClearPolitics||Safe R||October 26, 2010|
|Sabato's Crystal Ball||Safe R||October 21, 2010|
|CQ Politics||Safe R||October 26, 2010|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||October 20, 2010||500||± 4.5%||72%||25%||0%||3%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||September 20–21, 2010||500||± 4.5%||68%||25%||2%||5%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||August 10, 2010||500||± 4.5%||69%||25%||1%||5%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||July 21, 2010||500||± 4.5%||69%||22%||2%||7%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||June 15–16, 2010||500||± 4.5%||73%||19%||2%||6%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||May 18–19, 2010||500||± 4.5%||72%||23%||2%||3%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||April 20, 2010||500||± 4.5%||69%||24%||2%||5%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||March 23, 2010||500||± 4.5%||68%||25%||2%||5%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||February 9–10, 2010||500||± 4.5%||71%||17%||4%||8%|
|Candidate (party)||Receipts||Disbursements||Cash on hand||Debt|
|John Hoeven (R)||$3,419,202||$2,246,827||$1,172,375||$100,000|
|Tracy Potter (D)||$117,739||$82,505||$35,332||$13,601|
|Source: Federal Election Commission|
|General election results|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing|
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- Secretary of State - Election Night Results - November 2nd, 2010
- North Dakota - Elections and Voting
- U.S. Congress candidates for North Dakota at Project Vote Smart
- North Dakota U.S. Senate 2010 from OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions from Open Secrets
- 2010 North Dakota Senate General Election: All Head-to-Head Matchups graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Election 2010: North Dakota Senate from Rasmussen Reports
- 2010 North Dakota Senate Race from Real Clear Politics
- 2010 North Dakota Senate Race from CQ Politics
- Race profile from The New York Times
- Official campaign websites
- Keith Hanson for U.S. Senate
- John Hoeven for U.S. Senate
- Tracy Potter for U.S. Senate
- Paul Sorum for U.S. Senate