The Green Papers: North Dakota 2016 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 14 June 2016
✓ General Election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC) / 7:00a-9:00p MDT (1300-0300 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 Mountain Time 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. In 2012, polls closed at 8pm CDT in Cass County and at 7pm CDT or 7pm MDT in most other polling places.
Tuesday 8 November 2016 - General Election. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-9:00p CST (1300-0300 UTC) / 7:00a-9:00p MST (1400-0400 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 Mountain Time 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. In 2012, polls closed at 8pm CST in Cass County and at 7pm CST or 7pm MST in most other polling places.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:675,905 (0.22% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
Voter Registration:North Dakota has no voter registration.
Capital:Bismarck
 

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North Dakota State and Local Government

North Dakota 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


The primary is for the Constitution, Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties.


2016 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

14 June 2016 Primary results from
Returns from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
AP
Politico.


2016 General Election Contest/Candidate List from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

NOTE: Although we at The Green Papers keep to the statutory latest poll closing times of 9 PM local time [0300 GMT re: the Central Time Zone/0400 GMT re: the Mountain Time Zone], please know the North Dakota State Election Code (in its Section 16.1-01-03) allows for what has to fairly be described as the most extreme Local Option as regards poll opening/closing anywhere in America: not only may individual Counties and Municipalities in North Dakota set an earlier poll closing time than 9 PM local time (so long as it is not earlier than 7 PM local time) but these can even set differing poll closing times for individual precincts within each such jurisdiction (County or Municipality)! As a practical matter, however, it appears that polls in most of the State have tended to be closed by no later than 8 PM Central Time/7 PM Mountain Time (0200 GMT)-- please check locally!


8 November 2016 returns from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. 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 by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2016
 Candidate list (6, 7 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 216,794 62.96% Donald John Trump, Sr.
for Vice President: Indiana Governor Michael R. "Mike" Pence
(3 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80001571; 28 Nov 16; Tot $341,062,859; Dsb $333,457,857
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 93,758 27.23% former Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
for Vice President: Virginia Senator Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine
FEC P00003392; 28 Nov 16; Tot $583,217,328; Dsb $582,378,679
  Candidate Libertarian 21,434 6.22% former Governor New Mexico Gary Earl Johnson
for Vice President: former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William F. "Bill" Weld
FEC P20002671; 28 Nov 16; Tot $11,670,597; Dsb $11,505,633
  Candidate Scattering 6,397 1.86% write-in
  Candidate Green 3,780 1.10% Jill E. Stein
for Vice President: Ajamu Baraka
FEC P20003984; 28 Nov 16; Tot $9,485,845; Dsb $5,315,546
  Candidate Constitution 1,833 0.53% Darrell Lane Castle
for Vice President: Scott N. Bradley
FEC P60021102; 28 Nov 16; Tot $71,876; Dsb $67,084
  Candidate American Delta 364 0.11% Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente Guerra
for Vice President: Michael Alan Steinberg
FEC P60016342; 31 Dec 16; Tot $8,075,960; Dsb $8,074,914
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Robert Lewis "Bob" Buchanan
for Vice President: Jason Alexander Washington
FEC P60020757
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Cherunda Lynn Fox
for Vice President: Roger Matthew Kushner
FEC P60005303; 28 Oct 16; Tot $36,288; Dsb $36,288
  Candidate Write-in; (Kotlikoff for President)     Laurence J. "Larry" Kotlikoff
for Vice President: Edward Emery "Ed" Leamer
FEC P20004511
  Candidate Write-in; (American Solidarity)     Michael Andrew "Mike" Maturen
for Vice President: Juan Antonio Muñoz
FEC P60022787
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     David Evan "Evan" McMullin
for Vice President: Nathan Daniel Johnson
FEC P60022654; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,634,839; Dsb $1,618,074
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated)     Marshall Roy Schoenke
for Vice President: James Creighton Mitchell, Jr
Total 344,360 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Heidi Heitkamp
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 ** Uncontested Race **
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League     Senator  Heidi Heitkamp
FEC S2ND00099

Class 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  John Hoeven
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 14 June 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 268,788 78.48% Senator  John Hoeven
FEC S0ND00093; 28 Nov 16; Tot $2,935,393; Dsb $2,062,483
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 58,116 16.97% state Representative Eliot Glassheim
FEC S6ND00108; 28 Nov 16; Tot $20,644; Dsb $29,656
  Candidate Libertarian 10,556 3.08% Robert N. Marquette
FEC S6ND00116
  Candidate Independent 4,675 1.36% James Germalic
FEC S6ND00082
  Candidate Scattering 366 0.11% write-in
Total 342,501 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple
Succeeded: 7 December 2010 upon the resignation of Governor John Hoeven (Republican) having been elected to the U.S. Senate. First elected: 2012
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Chair - 24 August 2015: Governor Jack Dalrymple announces he will not run for re-election.
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3, 2 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 259,863 76.52% Doug Burgum
for Lieutenant Governor: Brent Sanford
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 65,855 19.39% state Representative  Marvin E. Nelson
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Joan Heckaman
  Candidate Libertarian 13,230 3.90% Marty Riske
for Lieutenant Governor: Joshua Voytek
  Candidate Scattering 653 0.19% write-in
  Candidate Write-in     Eugene Dumont
Total 339,601 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Lieutenant Governor Drew H. Wrigley
Appointed 7 December 2010 re: Lieutenant Governor Jack Dalrymple ascension to the Governor's chair. First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 28 September 2015: Announced he will not run in 2016.

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
At-Large
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Kevin Cramer
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 14 June 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (3, 2 write-ins) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 233,980 69.13% Congressman  Kevin Cramer
FEC H0ND01026; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,385,871; Dsb $982,065
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 80,377 23.75% Chase Iron Eyes
FEC H6ND01015; 28 Nov 16; Tot $228,175; Dsb $212,639
  Candidate Libertarian 23,528 6.95% Robert J. "Jack" Seaman
FEC H4ND01028; 10 Nov 16; Tot $2,530; Dsb $2,546
  Candidate Scattering 574 0.17% write-in
  Candidate Write-in     DuWayne Hendrickson
Total 338,459 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  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), 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Attorney General  Wayne Stenehjem
First elected: 2000, re-elected: 2004 (to a 2 year term), 2006 (to a 4 year term), 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
circa 19 October 2015: Formed a campaign committee to run for Governor in 2016.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer  Kelly L. Schmidt
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 14 June 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 204,733 62.95% Treasurer  Kelly L. Schmidt
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 95,191 29.27% state Senator  Tim Mathern
  Candidate Libertarian 24,829 7.63% Eric Olson
  Candidate Scattering 491 0.15% write-in
Total 325,244 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Auditor Robert R. "Bob" Peterson
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - Not running for re-election in 2016.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 236,751 76.62% Josh Gallion
  Candidate Libertarian 70,818 22.92% Roland Riemers
  Candidate Scattering 1,423 0.46% write-in
Total 308,992 100.00%  

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Doug Goehring
Appointed: 6 April 2009 by Governor John Hoeven upon the resignation of Roger Johnson; first elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Tax Commissioner  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Tax Commissioner  Ryan Rauschenberger
Appointed 8 November 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Cory Fong [who had been first elected: 2006]; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm
Appointed 9 October 2007 by Governor John Hoeven; first elected: 2008, re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 15 December 2015: Not running for re-election
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 206,067 64.41% Jon Godfread
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 85,696 26.79% Ruth Buffalo
  Candidate Libertarian 27,642 8.64% Nick Bata
  Candidate Scattering 534 0.17% write-in
Total 319,939 100.00%  

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

Seat up for regular election Nonpartisan; (Republican) Public Instruction Superintendent  Kirsten Baesler
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 14 June 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Nonpartisan; (Republican) 220,079 74.60% Public Instruction Superintendent  Kirsten Baesler
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Republican) 73,350 24.86% Joe Chiang
  Candidate Scattering 1,598 0.54% write-in
Total 295,027 100.00%  

Public Service Commissioner 1  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2016

Seat up for regular election Republican Public Service Commissioner  Julie Fedorchak
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
Appointed December 2012 by Governor Jack Dalrymple (Republican) to fill the un-expired term of Kevin Cramer (Republican) until a November 2014 special election. First elected in a special election: 4 November 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 14 June 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 218,961 68.76% Public Service Commissioner  Julie Fedorchak
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 72,028 22.62% Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun
  Candidate Libertarian 26,913 8.45% Thomas "Tom" Skadeland
  Candidate Scattering 563 0.18% write-in
Total 318,465 100.00%  

Public Service Commissioner 2  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2018

  Republican Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Public Service Commissioner 3  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2020

  Republican Public Service Commissioner  Brian P. Kalk
First elected: 2008; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 

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): 1 incumbent
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 1 candidate
  Democratic-Nonpartisan League (affiliate of Democratic): 7 candidates
  Republican: 15 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 8 candidates
Other Third Parties
  American Delta: 1 candidate
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Kotlikoff for President: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
Independents
  Independent: 4 candidates
  Nonpartisan: 1 incumbent, 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 9 candidates
  Write-in: 8 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 a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  North Dakota Secretary of State
  North Dakota Secretary of State - Elections and Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  North Dakota Legislative Branch
Democratic
  North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
Republican
  North Dakota Republican Party
Third Party
  Libertarian Party of North Dakota
  North Dakota Libertarian Party
  North Dakota Right to Life
Media & others
  Bismarck Tribune
  Devils Lake Journal
  Grand Forks Herald
  In-Forum - Fargo - Grand Forks
  KFYR TV - NBC - Bismarck
  KXMA TV - CBS - Dickinson
  KXMC TV - CBS - Minot
  NorthDecoder - political blog
  Politics1.com - North Dakota
  Praire Public Television - North Dakota Public Radio
  The Minot Daily News
  The Williston Daily Herald
  Wahpeton Daily News
  WDAY TV - Fargo
  WDAZ TV - ABC - Grand Forks

 


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