2012 North Dakota elections

The state of North Dakota held a series of elections on November 6, 2012. In addition to selecting presidential electors, North Dakotan voters selected one of its two United States Senators and its lone United States Representative, as well as seven statewide executive officers and one Supreme Court Justice. Primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.

United States President and Vice President[edit]

North Dakota voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. Voters selected the Republican challengers, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, over the Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.[1]

2012 United States Presidential election in North Dakota[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan 188,320 58.32
Democratic Barack Obama and Joe Biden 124,966 38.70
Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jim Gray 5,238 1.62
Write-in 1,860 0.58
Green Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala 1,362 1.62
Constitution Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer 1,186 0.37
Total votes 322,932 100.00
Republican win

United States Senator[edit]

Voters selected a senator to replace the retiring incumbent, Kent Conrad of the Democratic-NPL. Former Democratic-NPL Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp defeated U.S. Representative Rick Berg in a close race.[1]

2012 United States Senate election in North Dakota[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Heidi Heitkamp 161,337 50.24
Republican Rick Berg 158,401 49.32
Write-in 1,406 0.44
Total votes 321,144 100.00
Democratic-NPL hold

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Voters selected a representative to the United States House of Representatives to replace incumbent Republican Rick Berg, who instead ran for the Senate. Republican Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer defeated former Democratic-NPL state representative Pam Gulleson.[1]

2012 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Cramer 173,585 54.89
Democratic-NPL Pam Gulleson 131,870 41.70
Libertarian Eric Olson 10,261 3.24
Write-in 508 0.16
Total votes 316,224 100.00
Republican hold


In the gubernatorial election, Republican incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple, who had succeeded to the office when then-Governor John Hoeven resigned, won election to a first full term with his running mate, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley.[1]

2012 North Dakota gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Dalrymple and Drew Wrigley 200,525 63.10
Democratic-NPL Ryan Taylor and Ellen Chaffee 109,048 34.31
Independent Paul Sorum and Michael Coachman 5,356 1.69
Independent Roland Riemers and Anthony Johns 2,618 0.82
Write-in 267 0.08
Total votes 317,814 100.00
Republican hold

State Auditor[edit]

In the election for State Auditor, voters selected Republican incumbent Bob Peterson over Democratic-NPL state representative Scot Kelsh.[1]

2012 North Dakota State Auditor election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Peterson 188,859 62.50
Democratic-NPL Scot Kelsh 112,803 37.33
Write-in 515 0.17
Total votes 302,177 100.00
Republican hold

State Treasurer[edit]

In the State Treasurer election, Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt defeated the Democratic-NPL challenger, accountant Ross Mushik.[1]

2012 North Dakota State Treasurer election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Schmidt 197,041 65.83
Democratic-NPL Ross Mushik 101,795 34.01
Write-in 470 0.16
Total votes 299,306 100.00
Republican hold

Insurance Commissioner[edit]

In the race for Insurance Commissioner, voters selected Republican incumbent Adam Hamm over the Democratic-NPL challenger Tom Potter.[1]

2012 North Dakota Insurance Commissioner election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam Hamm 192,031 63.25
Democratic-NPL Tom Potter 111,099 36.59
Write-in 483 0.16
Total votes 303,613 100.00
Republican hold

Public Service Commissioner[edit]

Voters were given the opportunity to fill one of the three seats on the Public Service Commission, selecting Republican Randy Christmann over Democratic-NPL and Libertarian party candidates.[1]

2012 North Dakota Public Service Commissioner election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Christmann 164,591 54.48
Democratic-NPL Brad Crabtree 123,978 41.04
Libertarian Joshua Voytek 13,098 4.34
Write-in 432 0.14
Total votes 302,099 100.00
Republican hold

Superintendent of Public Instruction[edit]

In the nonpartisan election for Superintendent of Public Instruction, voters awarded the position to Kirsten Baesler, who had been endorsed by the Republican Party, instead of Tracy Potter, who had been endorsed by the Democratic-NPL party.[1]

2012 North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction election[1]
Candidate Votes %
Kirsten Baesler 154,177 55.05
Tracy Potter 124,807 44.57
Write-in 1,069 0.38
Total votes 280,053 100.00

Justice of the Supreme Court[edit]

In the nonpartisan election for Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, Judge Daniel Crothers ran unopposed.[1]

2012 Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court election[1]
Candidate Votes %
Daniel Crothers 251,795 99.15
Write-in 2,146 0.85
Total votes 253,941 100.00


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Official 2012 General Election Results". ND Voices. North Dakota Secretary of State. Retrieved June 28, 2019.