2002 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota

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Candidate Earl Pomeroy Rick Clayburgh
Party Democratic–NPL Republican
Popular vote 121,073 109,957
Percentage 52.4% 47.6%

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County results
Pomeroy:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Clayburgh:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Representative before election

Earl Pomeroy

Elected U.S. Representative

Earl Pomeroy

The 2002 U.S. House of Representatives election for the state of North Dakota's at-large congressional district was held November 5, 2002. The incumbent, Democratic-NPL Congressman Earl Pomeroy was re-elected to his sixth term, defeating Republican candidate Rick Clayburgh.

Only Pomeroy filed as a Dem-NPLer, and the endorsed Republican candidate was Rick Clayburgh, who was serving as the North Dakota State Tax Commissioner. Pomeroy and Clayburgh won the primary elections for their respective parties.[1]

The election was the closest for Pomeroy in all of his career as congressman until his defeat in 2010; he won by just over 11,000 votes. This was because Clayburgh ran an aggressive campaign, and was the most well-known candidate ever to face Pomeroy; he had held a statewide office for 8 years. United States Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned for Clayburgh in Fargo, North Dakota on July 29.[2]

Election results

North Dakota's at-large congressional district election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–NPL Earl Pomeroy (incumbent) 121,073 52.41
Republican Rick Clayburgh 109,957 47.59
Total votes 231,030 100.00
Democratic–NPL hold


  1. ^ "North Dakota Secretary of State". Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  2. ^ Cheney visits Fargo
  3. ^ "Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives".

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