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North Dakota Senate - Cramer vs. Heitkamp

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Candidates

Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer (R)

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Heidi Heitkamp

Heidi Heitkamp (D)*

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North Dakota Snapshot

RCP Average: Cramer +9.0
RCP Ranking:
 Leans GOP

----------PAST KEY RACES----------

2016: President | SenateGovernor
2012
: President | Senate | ND-AL
2010:
Senate | ND-AL
2008: President | Governor
2006: Senate | ND-AL
2004: President | Governor

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Cramer (R)
Heitkamp (D)
Spread
Final Results------55.544.5Cramer +11.0
RCP Average10/23 - 10/30----52.543.5Cramer +9.0
FOX NewsFOX News10/27 - 10/30789 LV3.05142Cramer +9
Trafalgar Group (R)Trafalgar10/23 - 10/241498 LV2.15445Cramer +9

All North Dakota Senate - Cramer vs. Heitkamp Polling Data

RCP Poll Average
North Dakota Senate - Cramer vs. Heitkamp
North Dakota Senate - Cramer vs. Heitkamp
52.5
Cramer (R)+9.0
43.5
Heitkamp (D)
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Race Analysis

10/26/18 -- This race appears to have gotten away from Heidi Heitkamp.  Down by 15 points two weeks before an election in a state that went overwhelmingly for Trump is not where she had hoped to be.  It would be a major shock, at this point, if Heitkamp wins.

9/13/18 -- All parties involved seem to agree that Kevin Cramer has a slight lead here over incumbent Heidi Heitkamp.  Even in a year where Democrats are expected to perform well, a race in a state where the president retains a positive net approval rating may be too big of a haul for them.

2/20/18 -- With the announcement that 3-term representative Kevin Cramer will challenge Heitkamp, the competitiveness of this race just increased exponentially.  Heitkamp is popular, but Cramer has won repeatedly in the same state, by increasingly large margins.  Obviously Heitkamp gives Democrats the best chance they could hope for in this blood red state, but it is an open question whether that chance is good enough.

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For decades, this state was as solidly Republican as the South was Democratic. But the North Dakota Republican Party was a very different kind of Republican Party from the one we're accustomed to today. Its economic policies were dictated by the Non Partisan League, a socialist group that dominated politics in the Great Plains during the first half of the 20th century. And so, North Dakota produced Republican senators such as Gerald Nye, who were generally supportive of the New Deal but were also skeptical of foreign entanglements. The state-owned grain silos and bank grew out of the actions of this Republican Party.  But after the Roosevelt administration, such progressive impulses were largely confined to the Democratic Party, which began to grow in the state. 

For almost two decades, these impulses were exemplified by the state's two Democratic senators: Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, and the state's congressman, Earl Pomeroy. These Democrats were old-school populists, railing against Wall Street and excessive government borrowing. A fixture in North Dakota politics since the 1960s, Dorgan decided to call it a career in 2010, while voters turned out Pomeroy after two decades in the House.  Conrad likewise opted to retire in 2012, and many anticipated that the race would be a pickup for Republicans.

But Republican nominee Rick Berg underwhelmed, while the Democrats rallied around former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, who proved to be a fiery campaigner and a good fit for the state.  She narrowly won, and has compiled a moderately liberal record in the Senate.  In small states like North Dakota, personal interactions are often more important than overall ideology, and Heitkamp starts in as good of a position as a Democrat could reasonably hope for against State Sen. Tom Campbell. 


Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Cramer (R)
Heitkamp (D)
Spread
Final Results------55.544.5Cramer +11.0
RCP Average10/23 - 10/30----52.543.5Cramer +9.0
FOX NewsFOX News10/27 - 10/30789 LV3.05142Cramer +9
Trafalgar Group (R)Trafalgar10/23 - 10/241498 LV2.15445Cramer +9
NBC Valley NewsNBC Valley News10/12 - 10/19650 LV3.85640Cramer +16
FOX NewsFOX News9/29 - 10/2683 LV3.55341Cramer +12
NBC Valley NewsNBC Valley News9/17 - 9/27650 LV--5141Cramer +10
FOX NewsFOX News9/8 - 9/11701 LV3.54844Cramer +4
Mason-DixonMason-Dixon6/13 - 6/15625 LV4.04844Cramer +4
GravisGravis2/21 - 2/24385 RV5.04043Heitkamp +3