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Live Updates: 2024 North Dakota Primary Election

Published June 7, 2024 at 1:43 PM CDT

North Dakota's primary election is on Tuesday, June 11. Follow along below with live updates and results from Prairie Public's news team.


GOP Legislative races

Incumbents beat back intraparty challenges.

Posted June 12, 2024 at 6:28 AM CDT

Across most of the state, incumbent GOP Legislators have won their endorsements at the ballot box in the primary. In most districts, incumbents beat back challenges from the more-conservative wing of the party. And in a few districts, it now appears more traditional GOP candidates have upset sitting "bastiat" lawmakers. Some of the races are within the margin of recounts, so there are still a few races up in the air.

An example: District 8 saw a newcomer — Mike Berg — won the most votes, followed by incumbent SuAnn Olson. Incumbent Brandon Pritchard, who chairs a couple of campaign committees that targeted some GOP "normies," came in third. Prichard is behind Olson by 30 votes, pending the outcome of the canvass — and the race could be headed toward a recount.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Update on Superintendent race

Posted June 11, 2024 at 9:43 PM CDT

With 233 out of 385 precincts reporting, incumbent Kirsten Baesler is still leading in the race for State Superintendent. The top two will advance to the November ballot.

At the time of this posting, Baesler currently has 50,714 votes, or just over 55 percent.

Jason Heitkamp has 20,244 votes, or just over 22 percent.

Jim Bartlett currently has 17,813 votes or over 19 percent. Bartlett was endorsed by the ND-GOP.

Darko Dragonic currently has 2,808 votes or just over 3 percent.

A Hard Day's Night

Polling Station workers wrap up a long day.

Posted June 11, 2024 at 9:38 PM CDT

One Fargo-area Election Inspector told Prairie Public News she started work around 5:30 Tuesday morning and would be at it until all the ballots were cast and delivered to County officials.

A hats-off to everyone who made the voting experience work smoothly through the day! Thank you for your civil service.

If you think being an election worker is something you'd be interested in, contact your local county auditor's office!

US House

AP calls Republican race for US House for Julie Fedorchak

Posted June 11, 2024 at 9:36 PM CDT

With 72 percent of the votes in, the Associated Press has called the race for the Republican nomination for US House for Julie Fedorchak.

Fedorchak currently sits on the Public Service Commission, and was running against four other candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress.

After a lot of back and forth at the ND-GOP convention in April, Fedorchak and former legislator Rick Becker decided to side-step the convention all together and vie for the position on the primary ballot.

The ND-GOP endorsed Alex Balazs for US House.

Former Miss America and current Bismarck attorney Cara Mund also threw her name into the race for Congress after the convention. The fifth candidate on the Republican primary ballot for Congress was Sharlet Mohr.

At the time of this posting, Fedorchak has 31,502 votes or just under 46 percent.

Becker has 20,116 votes, or just over 29 percent.

Mund has 13,731 votes, or just under 20 percent.

Balazs has 2,749 votes, or 4 percent.

Mohr has 586 votes, or 0.85 percent.

Election interference in ND?

Officials investigate bogus Election Day text messages.

Posted June 11, 2024 at 9:33 PM CDT

There was a bit of a dust-up as voters were headed to the polls Tuesday morning… A number of voters reported receiving text messages saying Republican congressional candidate Julie Fedorchak had dropped out of the race…

Prairie Public News has talked with Secretary of State Michael Howe about the numerous complaints received. Dave Thompson will have further details during Wednesday's Morning Edition.

US House

Hammer wins DEM-NPL candidate race for Congress

Posted June 11, 2024 at 9:21 PM CDT

North Dakota's DEM-NPL party chose former Marine Trygve Hammer as their endorsed candidate for Congress at their party convention in April.

But at the last minute, Roland Riemers stepped up to challenge Hammer in the primary.

At the time of this posting, 153 out of 385 precincts are reporting.

Trygve Hammer currently has 9,815 votes, or just over 75 percent.

Roland Riemers currently has 3,210 votes, or under 25 percent.

North Dakota Governor

Armstrong wins Republican nomination for Governor

Posted June 11, 2024 at 8:57 PM CDT

Another hotly contested race this season has been the Republican ticket for Governor.

Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced he would seek the nomination for the office. Soon after, Governor Doug Burgum's Lieutenant Governor Tammy Miller announced she too would run for the office.

At the ND-GOP Convention in April, delegates selected Armstrong as their candidate. Miller forged ahead, vowing to challenge Armstrong in the primary, with an endorsement from current Governor Doug Burgum.

Burgum is currently courting the presumptive Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump to be chosen as a Vice Presidential candidate. Trump had endorsed Armstrong in the governor's race.

At the time of this posting, 73 out of 385 precincts are fully reporting, with 113 partially reporting.

Armstrong and his Lieutenant Governor running mate Michelle Strinden currently have 15,647 votes, or just under 68 percent.

Miller and her Lieutenant Governor running mate, Josh Teigan currently have 7,285 votes, or nearly 32 percent.

Valley City Measure #2

Valley City voters stand by their vaping ordinance.

Posted June 11, 2024 at 8:36 PM CDT

An effort to repeal a 2016 ordinance banning the sale of flavored vaping products. Supporters of the ordinance say it was put in place to promote good health and prevent young people from accessing the highly addictive products. Today's vote unofficially came back with 378 vote in favor of repealing the ordinance, 792 opposed.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

A contested race...

Posted June 11, 2024 at 8:33 PM CDT

An interesting race to watch this election has been for Superintendent of Public Instruction. This position oversees schools and education throughout the state of North Dakota.

The position is typically non-partisan. Kirsten Baesler has held the post since she took office in 2013. She had declared her candidacy as a Republican. This election cycle, she was challenged by three others for the post; Jim Bartlett, Jason Heitkamp and Darko Dragonic.

The top two vote getters will advance to the November ballot. Bartlett was endorsed by the ND-GOP at their party convention in April.

At the time of this posting, Baesler is currently leading in the race with 11,176 votes and over 55 percent of all ballots cast. Heitkamp has 4,770 votes and nearly 24 percent of all ballots cast. Bartlett currently has 3,565 votes and just under 18 percent of all ballots cast. Dragonic currently has 566 votes, or just under 3 percent of all ballots cast.

Primary Election Results

We are live!

Posted June 11, 2024 at 8:04 PM CDT

The Prairie Public news team is ready to bring you results from the 2024 Primary Election. Today, voters in North Dakota checked boxes for candidates in races for Governor, as well as Senator, US House, local city councils and commissions and community issues. We will bring you the results as we see them come in.


Controversy on Primary Election Day

Posted June 11, 2024 at 7:57 PM CDT

During the day, texts were sent to phones, saying Julie Fedorchak had withdrawn from the House race. She had not — and her campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Her campaign has blamed Rick Becker for the attempt — a claim his campaign has refuted.

The question — will this affect the numbers?

We'll find out after the pools close, and the tabulations come in.