The Green Papers: North Dakota 2008 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2008. Find 2009 elections here.
 
Flag images courtesy of The World Flag Database. Copyright http://www.flags.net/ North Dakota
Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 10 June 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2000 Census:643,756 (0.23% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):477,000
Voter Registration:North Dakota has no voter registration.
Capital:Bismarck
Tuesday 10 June 2008 polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) / 7:00a MDT (1300 UTC) to 9:00p CDT (0200 UTC) / 9:00p MDT (0300 UTC). Voting places open between 7:00a to 12:00n and remain open until 7:00p to 9:00p depending on the size of the town. The western half of the state is in MDT but that is, of course, the more sparsely populated part of the state, so it is not as problematic to the networks as might be otherwise suggested by simple geography.
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) / 7:00a MST (1400 UTC) to 9:00p CST (0300 UTC) / 9:00p MST (0400 UTC). Voting places open between 7:00a to 12:00n and remain open until 7:00p to 9:00p depending on the size of the town. The western half of the state is in MST but that is, of course, the more sparsely populated part of the state, so it is not as problematic to the networks as might be otherwise suggested by simple geography.
 

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North Dakota State and Local Government

North Dakota 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


14 January 2009: North Dakota Secretary of State - General Election - Election Results - November 04, 2008


26 September 2008: Synchronized with 2008 North Dakota Secretary of State - Federal/Statewide/Judicial/Legislative Candidates for the November 4, 2008 Ballot.


10 June 2008 primary returns from an official source.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 3 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Republican 168,601 53.25% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
(3 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 141,278 44.62% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Independent 4,189 1.32% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Libertarian 1,354 0.43% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Constitution 1,199 0.38% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Write-in; (Green)     former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
Total 316,621 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Kent Conrad
First elected to the "Class 3" seat from the state: 1986; was not a candidate for re-election in the 3 November 1992 General Election; Elected to finish out the "Class 1" term in a Special Election: 4 December 1992 [held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Quentin N. Burdick (Democrat): 8 September 1992- which Jocelyn B. Burdick (Democrat) had been appointed by Governor George Sinner (Democrat) to fill, 12 September 1992]; elected to a full term: 1994, 2000, 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 3 Democratic Senator Byron L. Dorgan
First elected: 1992; was induced to take the oath of office: 5 December 1992 when the seat became vacant upon outgoing Senator Kent Conrad (Democrat) having taken the oath of office for the "Class 1" seat from the state; re-elected: 1998, 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for election Republican Governor John Hoeven
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Governor John Hoeven
  Elected Republican 235,009 74.44% Governor John Hoeven
For Lieutenant Governor: Jack Dalrymple
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 74,279 23.53% state Senator Tim Mathern
For Lieutenant Governor: Merle Boucher
  Candidate Independent 6,404 2.03% DuWayne Hendrickson
Lieutenant Governor: Dana Brandenberg
  Candidate Write-in     Gregg Boyer
Total 315,692 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

Seat up for election Republican Lieutenant Governor Jack Dalrymple
First elected: 2000, re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

At-Large
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Earl Ralph Pomeroy
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Earl Ralph Pomeroy
  Elected Democratic-Nonpartisan League 194,577 61.97% Congressman Earl Ralph Pomeroy
FEC H2ND00057: $2,090,327
  Candidate Republican 119,388 38.03% Duane A. Sand
FEC H4ND00038: $1,963,453
Total 313,965 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Secretary of State Alvin A. "Al" Jaeger
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996; 2000, 2004 (to a 2 year term), 2006 (to a 4 year term)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem
First elected: 2000, re-elected: 2004 (to a 2 year term), 2006 (to a 4 year term)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Treasurer Kelly L. Schmidt
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Treasurer Kelly L. Schmidt
  Elected Republican 180,828 61.45% Treasurer Kelly L. Schmidt
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 113,423 38.55% Mitch Vance
Total 294,251 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Auditor Robert R. "Bob" Peterson
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: ?; re-elected: 2000, 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Auditor Robert R. "Bob" Peterson
  Elected Republican 179,897 60.74% Auditor Robert R. "Bob" Peterson
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 116,269 39.26% Daryl Splichal
Total 296,166 100.00%  

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004 (to a 2 year term), 2006 (to a 4 year term)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Tax Commissioner  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Tax Commissioner Cory Fong
Appointed 1 June 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Rick Clayburgh; first elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Appointed 9 October 2007 by Governor John Hoeven
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm
  Elected Republican 151,019 50.31% Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 149,186 49.69% Jasper Schneider
Total 300,205 100.00%  

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Nonpartisan Public Instruction Superintendent Wayne G. Sanstead
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1988; re-elected: 1992; 1996; 2000; 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Nonpartisan Public Instruction Superintendent Wayne G. Sanstead
  Elected Nonpartisan; (Democratic-Nonpartisan League) 159,074 55.33% Public Instruction Superintendent Wayne G. Sanstead
  Candidate Nonpartisan 128,419 44.67% Max L. Laird
Total 287,493 100.00%  

Public Service Commissioner 1  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2010

  Republican Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer
Appointed by Governor John Hoeven to fill the un-expired term of Leo M. Reinbold: 2003; first elected to a full term: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Public Service Commissioner 2  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2012

  Republican Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Public Service Commissioner 3  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2002, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Republican Public Service Commissioner Susan E. Wefald
Appointed by Governor Ed Schafer: 1993; first elected to a full term: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat
 Polls: (no polling information available)
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Republican 156,221 53.15% Brian Kalk
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 137,682 46.85% Cheryl Bergian
Total 293,903 100.00%  

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 4 incumbents
  Democratic-Nonpartisan League (affiliate of Democratic): 8 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 7 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  Nonpartisan: 1 incumbent, 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 2 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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