The Green Papers: North Dakota 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 12 June 2018
✓ General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Monday 9 April 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 12 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 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 2018, polls closed at 8pm CDT in Cass County and at 7pm CDT or 7pm MDT in most other polling places.
Tuesday 4 September 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 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 2018, 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


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


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 [0100 GMT during Daylight Savings])-- please check locally!


2018 North Dakota Election Calendar and 2018 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

12 June 2018 Primary:
Returns from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
Results from The New York Times
Results from Politico.


6 November 2018:
2018 General Election Contest/Candidate List from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
Certified returns from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator  Heidi Heitkamp
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 179,720 55.11% Congressman  Kevin Cramer
15 February 2018: Sent a Facebook invite for a "Cramer for Senate Announcement & Rally".
7 April 2018: Received his party's endorsement.

FEC S8ND00120; 26 Nov 18; Tot $6,019,819; Dsb $6,140,040
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 144,376 44.27% Senator  Heidi Heitkamp
FEC S2ND00099; 26 Nov 18; Tot $29,518,863; Dsb $23,356,167
  Candidate Scattering 2,042 0.63% write-in
Total 326,138 100.00%  

Class 3 Republican Senator  John Hoeven
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Michael J. Steele
FEC S2ND00107

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Doug Burgum
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  Brent Sanford
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Open)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
At-Large
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman  Kevin Cramer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 15 February 2018: Sent a Facebook invite for a "Cramer for Senate Announcement & Rally".
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 193,568 60.20% state Senator  Kelly M. Armstrong
FEC H8ND00096; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,746,002; Dsb $1,603,244
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 114,377 35.57% former state Senator Mac Schneider
FEC H8ND00112; 26 Nov 18; Tot $761,316; Dsb $730,066
  Candidate Independent 13,066 4.06% Charles Tuttle
FEC H8ND00138
  Candidate Scattering 521 0.16% write-in
Total 321,532 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Alvin A. "Al" Jaeger
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
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
Lost Primary / Still On Ballot - Did not receive his party's nomination at the convention.
21 May 2018: Running for re-election as an Independent.
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Independent; (Republican) 145,275 47.28% Secretary of State  Alvin A. "Al" Jaeger
21 May 2018: Running for re-election as an Independent.
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 120,475 39.21% state Representative  Joshua A. "Josh" Boschee
  Candidate Independent 40,590 13.21% Michael "Coach" Coachman
  Candidate Scattering 937 0.30% write-in
Total 307,277 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General  Wayne Stenehjem
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 215,633 67.55% Attorney General  Wayne Stenehjem
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 102,869 32.23% David Clark Thompson
  Candidate Scattering 715 0.22% write-in
Total 319,217 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

  Republican Treasurer Kelly L. Schmidt
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2008, 2012, 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

  Republican Auditor Joshua C. "Josh" Gallion
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Doug Goehring
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 213,689 67.78% Agriculture Commissioner  Doug Goehring
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 100,914 32.01% state Senator James A. "Jim" Dotzenrod
  Candidate Scattering 656 0.21% write-in
Total 315,259 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Tax Commissioner  Ryan Rauschenberger
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 183,283 58.60% Tax Commissioner  Ryan Rauschenberger
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 128,806 41.18% former state Representative Kylie Oversen
  Candidate Scattering 684 0.22% write-in
Total 312,773 100.00%  

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

  Republican Insurance Commissioner  Jon Godfread
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

  Nonpartisan; (Republican) Public Instruction Superintendent  Kirsten Baesler
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Public Service Commissioner 1  6 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2022

  Republican Public Service Commissioner  Julie Fedorchak
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; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Public Service Commissioner  Randy Christmann
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 190,792 61.63% Public Service Commissioner  Randy Christmann
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 118,122 38.16% Jean "Jeannie" Brandt
  Candidate Scattering 650 0.21% write-in
Total 309,564 100.00%  

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

  Republican Public Service Commissioner  Brian K. Kroshus
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
Appointed: 28 February 2017 [re: resignation of Public Service Commissioner Brian P. Kalk (Republican)]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Public Service Commissioner Brian P. Kalk (Republican), who was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014, resigned 19 January 2017 to take a position at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center. The state will hold a special election, concurrent with the 2018 primary and general election, to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.
28 February 2017: Governor Doug Burgum (Republican) appoints Brian K. Kroshus (Republican) to the Public Service Commission.
20 March 2017: Brian Kroshus assumes office.
12 June 2018: Received his party's nomination in the Special Election.
6 November 2018: Won the special election.

Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Special Election - Caused by the 19 January 2017 resignation of Public Service Commissioner Brian P. Kalk (Republican).
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 187,939 61.46% Public Service Commissioner  Brian K. Kroshus
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 117,235 38.34% Casey Buchmann
  Candidate Scattering 637 0.21% write-in
Total 305,811 100.00%  
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 incumbent, 1 candidate
  Democratic-Nonpartisan League (affiliate of Democratic): 8 candidates
  Republican: 16 incumbents, 8 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Right to Life
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
  Nonpartisan: 1 incumbent
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 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.

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
  Green Party of North Dakota
  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
  NDx Plains - Fargo
  NorthDecoder - political blog
  Politics1.com - North Dakota
  Praire Public Television - North Dakota Public Radio
  The Minot Daily News
  The Williston Daily Herald
  Valley City Times-Record
  Wahpeton Daily News
  WDAY TV - Fargo
  WDAZ TV - ABC - Grand Forks

 


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