1986 United States Senate election in North Dakota

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Kent Conrad.jpg
Mark Andrews, US Senator from North Dakota.jpg
Nominee Kent Conrad Mark Andrews
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 143,932 141,812
Percentage 49.8% 49.1%

1986 United States Senate election in North Dakota results map by county.svg
County results
Conrad:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Andrews:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Mark Andrews

Elected U.S. Senator

Kent Conrad

The 1986 United States Senate election in North Dakota was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Mark Andrews ran for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by Democratic-NPL nominee Kent Conrad.

Major candidates




Andrews lost re-election by just over 2,000[1] votes after a rigorous campaign involving personal attacks and other strategies[2]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Kent Conrad 143,932 49.80%
Republican Mark Andrews (incumbent) 141,812 49.07%
Independent Anna B. Bourgois 3,269 1.13%
Total votes 289,013 100.00%
Democratic-NPL gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1986election.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Campaign '86: Conrad Gaining on Andrews in North Dakota Senate Race". Associated Press.