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2018 North Dakota elections

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North Dakota held two statewide elections in 2018: a primary election on Tuesday, June 12, and a general election on Tuesday, November 6. In addition, each township elected officers on Tuesday, March 20, and each school district held their elections on a date of their choosing between April 1 and June 30.[1]

Primary Election

On Tuesday, June 12, North Dakota voters selected which candidates for statewide and legislative office will appear on the November ballot. Because North Dakota does not have party registration, any eligible voter may vote in any one party's primary election. Though primary elections often include any number of constitutional amendments, initiated measures, or referred measures placed on the ballot by petition, none were included in this particular election.[1]

General Election

On Tuesday, November 6, concurrent with other statewide elections across the United States, North Dakota voters selected one United States Senator, one United States Representative, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and several other statewide executive and judicial branch offices. Voters in odd-numbered legislative districts also selected their representatives to the North Dakota House of Representatives and North Dakota Senate. Finally, voters faced four ballot measures.[1]

United States Senator

Incumbent Democratic–NPL Senator Heidi Heitkamp ran for reelection to a second term, but was defeated by Republican United States Representative Kevin Cramer.

2018 United States Senate election in North Dakota[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Cramer 179,720 55.11%
Democratic-NPL Heidi Heitkamp (incumbent) 144,376 44.27%
Write-in 2,042 0.63%
Total votes 326,138 100%

United States Representative

Though incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer had announced that he would run for re-election to a fourth term, he later decided to run for the Senate instead. Republican state Senator Kelly Armstrong defeated Democratic-NPL former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider for the open seat.

2018 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Armstrong 193,568 60.20%
Democratic-NPL Mac Schneider 114,377 35.57%
Independent Charles Tuttle 13,066 4.06%
Write-in 521 0.16%
Total votes 321,532 100.00%

Secretary of State

Six-term incumbent Republican Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger was not re-endorsed by his party to serve a seventh term, so did not run for his party's nomination.[4] When nominated Republican Will Gardner withdrew from the general election, Jaeger collected enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent. No candidate appeared on the ballot with the label of Republican.[5]

The incumbent defeated two challengers, including two-term Democratic-NPL state representative Joshua Boschee.[5]

Governing magazine projected the race as being a likely victory for Jaeger.[6]

North Dakota Secretary of State election, 2018[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Alvin (Al) Jaeger 145,275 47.28
Democratic-NPL Joshua Boschee 120,475 39.21
Independent Michael Coachman 40,590 13.21
Write-in 937 0.30
Total votes 307,277 100.00

Attorney General

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem won re-election against his Democratic-NPL challenger, trial attorney David Thompson.

Other statewide races

All North Dakota voters faced partisan races for Agriculture Commissioner, Tax Commissioner, one full term seat and one partial term seat on the Public Service Commission, and a nonpartisan ten-year term as Justice of the Supreme Court

State legislative races

24 seats in the North Dakota Senate and 48 seats in the North Dakota House of Representatives were up for election. Voters in all odd-numbered districts had those races on their ballot.


Voters faced four measures placed on the ballot by petition.[1] They passed Measure 1, which will establish government ethics rules and an ethics commission; the Secretary of State approved it for the ballot on July 24.[8] They also passed Measure 2, which removes language in the state constitution currently guaranteeing all citizens to right to vote and replaces it with language banning non-citizens from voting; it had been approved on August 10.[9] Measure 3 would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but was not passed.[10] They did, however, approve Measure 4, which establishes personalized vehicle plates for volunteer emergency responders.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d "2018 North Dakota Election Calendar" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "Official 2018 General Election Results: United States Senator". ND Voices. North Dakota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Incumbent to run independent campaign for Secretary of State". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. Associated Press. May 21, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Jaeger submits signatures for to run as independent". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. Associated Press. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Jacobson, Louis (4 June 2018). "Secretary of State Races Are More Competitive and Important Than Ever". Governing. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Official 2018 General Election Results: Secretary of State". ND Voices. North Dakota Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "North Dakota ethics measure approved for November ballot". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. Associated Press. July 24, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Measure addressing qualifications of electors approved for November election". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Dura, Jack (August 13, 2018). "North Dakota marijuana legalization measure approved for election". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Dura, Jack (August 13, 2018). "Four ballot measures approved for November election in ND". The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "N.D. Ballot Measures Numbered". Dakota Briefs. The Bismarck Tribune. Lee Enterprises. August 15, 2018. p. B5.
  13. ^ "Official 2018 General Election Results: Statewide measures". North Dakota Secretary of State. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

External links

Official Attorney General campaign websites
Official Agriculture Commissioner campaign websites
Official Tax Commissioner campaign websites
Official Public Service Commission campaign websites
Official Public Service Commission (Unexpired two-year term) campaign websites
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