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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

NORTH DAKOTA

Race Summary

Senate    (702 of 702 precincts reporting)
Dorgan (D) * 64%     Nalewaja (R) 36%    
House at Large    (702 of 702 precincts reporting)
Pomeroy (D) 57%     Cramer (R) 42%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

SENATE: Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D), first elected in 1992, is seeking a second term. His challenger is marketing representative and state Sen. Donna Nalewaja (R), who is retiring from the state Senate at the end of the session.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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POLL HOURS

Majority open 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT) to 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT)
Others open 11 a.m. ET (9 a.m. MT) to 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. MT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Gov. Edward T. Schafer (R), first elected 1992; next election in 1999.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D), first elected 1986; next election in 2000.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD (At Large):
    Earl Pomeroy (D) (inc.); Kevin Cramer (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    June 9

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    April 10


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 2


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Democrats
    U.S. House of Representatives: 1 Democrat at large
    State Senate: 18 Democrats, 29 Republicans (2 seats vacant; special
    elections to be held in June 1998)
    State House of Representatives: 25 Democrats, 69 Republicans (4 seats vacant;
    special elections to be held in June 1998)


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 25 seats up
    House: All 98 seats up (In 1998, the odd-numbered seats will be elected to
    four-year terms and the even-numbered seats will get two-year terms. Even-numbered seats will be elected to four-year terms in 2000.)


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 474,896 (1998)
    No State Voter Registration

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    3


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1964

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole 47%
    Clinton 40%
    Perot 12%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush 44%
    Clinton 32%
    Perot 23%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 56%
    Dukakis 43%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 65%
    Mondale 34%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 64%
    Carter 26%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 644,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 95.7%
    African American: 0.5%
    Asian: 0.5%
    Native American: 3.1%
    Other/Undeclared: 0.2%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 0.6% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Bismarck
    State Nickname: Sioux State, Flickertail State, Peace Garden State

    In a state where everybody seems to know everybody else, dry seasons and bankrupt farmlands in the 1980s explain why North Dakota's population is less now than it was in 1930. Its land yields about one-tenth of the U.S. wheat supply, and agriculture makes up about half of its economy. North Dakota, which tends to send Republicans to Bismarck and Democrats to Washington, has no voter registration. The state motto is "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable." Dependence on agriculture has had political ramifications for the state, according to the "Almanac of American Politics." In 1996, the state conducted a vote-by-mail primary for the first time. North Dakota has consistently voted Republican in presidential politics for 30 years.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    North Dakota Secretary of State
    http://www.state.nd.us/sec/
    North Dakota Elections Division
    http://www.state.nd.us/sec/Elections%20Division.htm
    North Dakota Gov. Edward Schafer's Home Page
    http://www.ehs.health.state.nd.us/gov/index.htm
    North Dakota State Senate
    http://www.state.nd.us/lr/senate/senmembers.html
    North Dakota State House of Representatives
    http://www2.state.nd.us/lr/house/housemembers.html

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    KXJB (Fargo)
    http://www.fargoweb.com/kx4/news/index.html

    State Newspapers

    Bismarck Tribune
    http://www.ndonline.com
    Fargo Forum
    http://www.in-forum.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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