North Dakota - U.S. Senate

as of September 9

The Candidates

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Tracy Potter

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: June 23, 1950
  • Residence: Bismarck, ND

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John Hoeven

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: March 13, 1957
  • Residence: Bismarck, ND

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Previous Results

    North Dakota U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Byron Dorgan DEM 212,143 68.3%
    Mike Liffrig REP 98,553 31.7%

    U.S. President: North Dakota (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 168,601 53.3%
    Barack Obama DEM 141,278 44.6%
    Ralph Nader IND 4,189 1.3%
    Bob Barr LIB 1,354 0.4%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 1,199 0.4%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 9, 2010

Dorgan's Departure Hands Seat To GOP

Incumbent Byron Dorgan (D), first elected in 1986, is retiring. Had he decided to stay and run again, he would have had a competitive match against John Hoeven, the state's popular GOP governor. With Dorgan retiring, Hoeven is a certain Republican pickup in a state that hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1980. The Democratic nominee is state Sen. Tracy Potter. -Ken Rudin

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