Supporters of independent candidates Rick Becker and Cara Mund, who both lost their races by landslide margins on election day, are clinging to the idea that these two are rising stars in North Dakota politics. The vote totals say otherwise.
Murray Nash, Cass County election administrator, noted that the 2,000 to 2,500 people who were moving through vote centers each hour during the first nine hours increased to about 3,000 voters per hour for the last three hours of voting.
Steve Swiontek, chair of Gate City Bank in Fargo, will again serve as a North Dakota lawmaker after being away since 1984.
Sheriff Jesse Jahner said Deputy Mathew King’s last day is Dec. 31. King said he is considering a second bid for election to the office.
"It's not enough for Trump to go. Trumpism, which is to say the bombastic, hateful, egotistical, divisive, and ultimately self-defeating approach to politics Trump has popularized, and that many Republicans have internalized, must go with it."
While results still need to be certified, Minnesota was just one of three states to top the 60% mark, along with Wisconsin and Maine, according to the U.S. Election Project.
"After last night's House/Senate leadership elections, it's official, the power has moved out of the [Red River] valley and into the west," one House lawmaker tells me.
"In such a close race, it's hard not to wonder what the outcome might have been, Olafson said in a written statement in which he maintained that between 260 and 280 of his campaign mailings reached Republican households in District 10 two days after the election.
In Republican House leadership elections on Tuesday, McCarthy is expected to overcome a challenge from hard-line conservative Representative Andy Biggs.
The NDGOP, like Republican organizations across the nation, has to take some responsibility for Trump. There's no question. He represents a stain the party will have to wear for a while. But North Dakota's Republicans haven't gone in for the worst of Trumpism, and that's why they had a better election night than many Republicans did.
"Now that the Democrats have control of both Minnesota state houses, they will use our tax dollars for some things, like infrastructure projects, that most of us want," writes Kevin Carpenter of St. Cloud, Minn. "They will need to find a balance between spending money to make Minnesota a place where people want to live and allowing people to keep enough money for themselves so that they can afford to live here."
"What amazed me is the extent to which the entire political and business establishment across both parties opposed the term limit initiative, for example the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce," writes Robert Brantley of West Fargo. "This alone shows the incestuous nature between the business/political groups/lobbyists and the legislature."
The closely fought governor's race between Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs was one of the most significant in the general election because Arizona is a battleground state and is expected to play a pivotal role in the 2024 U.S. presidential election.