Heitkamp wins bid for Senate in North Dakota
November 7th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Heitkamp wins bid for Senate in North Dakota

(CNN) - In North Dakota, Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp defeated Republican Rep. Rick Berg, CNN projected.

Her win is a major victory for Democrats who long feared they would lose the seat vacated by Sen. Kent Conrad, who is retiring.

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While Heitkamp ran as a moderate and is generally well-liked, she faced an uphill climb in the Republican-leaning state. Berg repeatedly tied her to President Obama, who was trounced in the state by Mitt Romney.

Heitkamp also faced GOP criticism during the campaign for accepting donations from a law firm representing groups opposed to fracking, an environmentally controversial process designed to access natural gas reserves. North Dakota's economy is currently benefiting from a local energy sector boom.

Heitkamp thanked North Dakotans for supporting her campaign in a statement released Wednesday upon Berg's decision to concede the race. She also thanked Berg for "his service and for being a part of our great democratic process."

"I salute Congressman Berg for putting his ideas out there, and giving voters a clear choice in this election," said Heitkamp. "I made this promise to every North Dakotan during the campaign and I want to make it again today: I will work as hard as I can to be a senator for each and every one of you. Thank you, and I'm proud to be able to represent North Dakota."

As of 3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday the Democrats hold 54 seats (including one independent who caucuses with the Democrats) and Republicans hold 45 seats in the Senate. Independent Sen-elect Angus King has not yet announced which party he will caucus with.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. nothing new here

    Like Meghan McCain said – #evolve Republicans!

    November 7, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    "waah waah she faces an uphill climb waah waah took money from an environmentalist wah"

    Whatever, Barrett. Scoreboard. Another Dem senator in a red state. Even more excellent news for Romney.

    November 7, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Jack of all tirades

    This proves that money won't buy elections. In state after state, all the negative ads backed by groups named "Americans for...." or "Citizens against... " that saturated Senate races were such a turn off for voters that they often resolved to vote for the candidates who were being hit with those ads.

    November 7, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Tying her to President Obama apparently wasn't a good campaign tactic for the GOP. LOL She won. By the way Fox News, here's a new idea for your future programming – tell the truth!

    November 7, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |