North Dakota’s House race No. 1 of those ‘that might surprise you’

Pam Gulleson

FARGO – The Washington Post has put North Dakota atop its list of “The 10 House districts that might surprise you.”

The report today aims to showcase 10 House races that are “surprisingly competitive” in an election year, where not only is partisan control at stake but where redistricting has changed the game for seats across the country.

North Dakota is the only state on the list where redistricting wasn’t a factor in the competitive nature of its House race. (North Dakota is a single at-large district, so there is no redistricting here.)

Republican Rep. Rick Berg won North Dakota’s House seat less than two years ago, after unseating longtime Democrat Earl Pomeroy.

But Berg’s decision to seek the U.S. Senate this year means “Democrats appear to have a fighting chance to win (the seat) back,” the Post reports.

North Dakota’s U.S. House race officially has three mainstream candidates and one third-party contender: Democrat Pam Gulleson, Republicans Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer and libertarian Eric Olson.

Kalk is the Republicans’ endorsed candidate in the race. Cramer is challenging him in the June 12 primary, which will determine the official GOP candidate in the November election.

The Post’s report says Gulleson seems to have the advantage so far, citing her comparatively successful fundraising reports and the appearance of “a very strong campaign.”

“This is still a conservative state, but she’s on the right path,” The Post wrote.

In contrast to The Post’s story, though, ratings from various national media outlets still put North Dakota’s House seat in the “red” column.

As of this month, The Rothenberg Political Report, the Cook Political Report and political guru Larry Sabato all said North Dakota’s seat seemed to be reasonably safe in Republican hands.

No public polling has yet been released in the race.

One thought on “North Dakota’s House race No. 1 of those ‘that might surprise you’

  1. This is terrific news. Pam has what it takes and would work harder than anyone. She’s smart and rock solid. North Dakota could not do better!

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