2008 United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota

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Nominee Earl Pomeroy Duane Sand
Party Democratic–NPL Republican
Popular vote 194,577 119,388
Percentage 62.0% 38.0%

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County results[1]
Pomeroy:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Sand:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Representative before election

Earl Pomeroy

Elected U.S. Representative

Earl Pomeroy

The 2008 election for North Dakota's at-large congressional district took place on November 4, 2008. The incumbent, Democratic-NPL Congressman Earl Pomeroy, was re-elected to his ninth term. Republican Duane Sand formally announced that he was running on March 20, 2008. He previously challenged Pomeroy in 2004.

Initial speculation for a Republican challenger included Governor of North Dakota John Hoeven and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who were enjoying very high approval ratings throughout their terms of office. State Representative Kim Koppelman and State House Majority Leader Rick Berg ruled themselves out of the running on February 20, 2008,[2][3] Another possible challenger was Brian Kalk, who decided to run for Public Service Commissioner and was successful in the November election.

As of 2022, this was the last time that a Democratic-NPL candidate won North Dakota's House seat.[original research?]


North Dakota's at-large congressional district election, 2008[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–NPL Earl Pomeroy (incumbent) 194,577 61.97
Republican Duane Sand 119,388 38.03
Total votes 313,965 100.00
Democratic–NPL hold


  1. ^ "Official Results General Election". North Dakota Voting Information & Central Election Systems. North Dakota Election Officials, County Auditors and Secretary of State. November 4, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Rob, Kim Koppelman Definitely Not Running For US House Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine February 20, 2008
  3. ^ Rob, Rick Berg Definitely Not Running Against Earl Pomeroy Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives".