1992 United States Senate special election in North Dakota

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Kent Conrad official portrait.jpg
North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Jack Dalrymple (cropped).jpg
Nominee Kent Conrad Jack Dalrymple
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 103,246 55,194
Percentage 63.2% 33.8%

1992 United States Senate special election in North Dakota results map by county.svg
County results
Conrad:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Dalrymple:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Jocelyn Burdick

Elected U.S. Senator

Kent Conrad

The 1992 United States Senate special election in North Dakota was held on December 4, 1992, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by the late Quentin Burdick. Burdick's widow, Jocelyn Burdick, was appointed as a temporary replacement until the election was held. Democratic-NPL nominee Kent Conrad, who held North Dakota's other senate seat since 1986, had not run for re-election to his own seat, holding himself to a campaign promise pledging to reduce the federal deficit. Conrad won the election.

Major candidates




Burdick's death provided an opportunity for Conrad to return to the Senate in a fight for an open seat. However, some, particularly his political opponents, saw this as a breach of his promise in spirit if not letter, Conrad's high approval ratings as Senator carried through to a victory against Republican state legislator Jack Dalrymple.[1]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic-NPL Kent Conrad 103,246 63.22 73.57
Republican Jack Dalrymple 55,194 33.80
Independent Darold Larson 4,871 2.98
Turnout 163,311
Democratic-NPL hold Swing

See also