North Dakota voters have elected Fargo businessman Doug Burgum and Mayor Brent Sanford of Watford City, North Dakota, to the offices of governor and lieutenant governor.
Burgum and Sanford won with 259,067 votes, or 76.51 percent of 338,601 cast statewide on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The duo will hold their first press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, opting not to grant interviews immediately after their win.
The Associated Press reported that while Burgum thanked his supporters, he looked forward to a smooth transition with outgoing Gov. Jack Dalrymple “and called for an end to the type of polarizing politics that plagued the national election.”
“It’s imperative as a state and as a nation to come together and look forward,” Burgum said.
Burgum also said his and Sanford’s first priority will be balancing North Dakota’s budget without raising taxes.
“(It is) a challenge, he acknowledged, given low oil and farm commodity prices that led to more than $1 billion in revenue shortfalls this biennium,” AP wrote.
The Democratic-Nonpartisan League candidates, state Rep. Marvin Nelson and state Sen. Joan Heckaman, received 65,692 votes, or 19.40 percent. The Libertarian candidates, businessman Marty Riske and restaurant manager Joshua Voytek, received 13,191 votes, or 3.90 percent. Write-in candidates received 651 votes, or 0.19 percent.
“(Burgum) changed so much, even as the election went along,” AP reports Nelson said. “I literally don’t have a clue what he’s going to do as governor.”
In Richland County, the votes break down to the Republicans earning 5,858 of 7,494 cast, or 78.17 percent. The Democrats received 1,332 votes, or 17.77 percent. The Libertarians received 292 votes, or 3.90 percent. Write-in candidates received 12 votes, or 0.16 percent.
Also during the election, North Dakota Republican incumbents Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer were both re-elected.
Hoeven received 267,964 votes, or 78.47 percent, out of 341,486 cast statewide. His opponents were Democrat-Nonpartisan Eliot Glassheim, who received 57,976 votes, or 16.98 percent; Libertarian Robert Marquette, who received 10,521 votes, or 3.08 percent and independent James Germalic, who received 4,661 votes, or 1.36 percent. Write-in candidates received 364 votes, or 0.11 percent.
In Richland County, the votes break down to Hoeven earning 6,065 of 7,553 cast, or 80.30 percent. Glassheim received 1,117 votes, or 14.79 percent. Marquette received 267 votes, or 3.54 percent. Germalic received 98 votes, or 1.30 percent. Write-in candidates received six votes, or 0.08 percent.
According to the AP, Hoeven’s campaign often mentioned “a familiar string of core beliefs through the past several months.” These included his support for tax reform, rolling back regulations, budget-balancing and support for law enforcement and the military.
In the representative race, Cramer received 233,245 votes, or 69.12 percent, out of 337,456 cast statewide. His opponents were Democrat-Nonpartisan Chase Iron Eyes, who received 80,186 votes, or 23.76 percent; and Libertarian Jack Seaman, who received 23,454 votes, or 6.95 percent. Write-in candidates received 571 votes, or 0.17 percent.
In Richland County, the votes break down to Cramer earning 4,940 of 7,468 cast, or 66.15 percent. Iron Eyes received 1,879 votes, or 25.16 percent. Seaman received 644 votes, or 8.62 percent. Write-in candidates received five votes, or 0.07 percent.
During an August visit, Cramer said now president-elect Donald Trump would be very good at eliminating, or at least largely reducing gridlock.