2012 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jack Dalrymple Ryan Taylor
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Running mate Drew Wrigley Ellen Chaffee
Popular vote 200,525 109,048
Percentage 63.1% 34.3%

2012 North Dakota gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Dalrymple:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Taylor:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Jack Dalrymple
Republican

Elected Governor

Jack Dalrymple
Republican

The 2012 North Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2012 to elect a Governor and Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election, as well as elections to the United States Senate, elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple succeeded to the office when then-Governor John Hoeven resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010. Dalrymple, a member of the Republican Party, won election to a full term. Ryan Taylor was the Democratic nominee. Dalrymple prevailed with 63% of the vote.

Republican Party

Candidates

The North Dakota Republican Party selected incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple as their nominee and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley was his running mate. Dalrymple defeated Fargo architect Paul Sorum who later ran as an Independent.

Declined

Libertarian Party

Candidates

The Libertarian Party of North Dakota selected Roland Riemers, a real estate investor and a failed 2010 candidate for Grand Forks County Sheriff and failed 1996 candidate for president as their candidate.[2]

On July 5, 2012, it was announced that Riemers will not appear on the ballot because his running mate, Richard Ames, failed to file a page of his paperwork.[3] On September 12, 2012 after being disqualified from appearing on the November ballot, Roland Riemers, a libertarian now running as an independent with Anthony Johns, said in a news release that he’d submitted more than 1,100 signatures to the secretary of state. The pair appears on the ballot certified by the secretary on Monday.[4] Roland Riemers has filed a lawsuit to have the other candidates removed from the ballot.[5][6]

Democratic-NPL Party

Candidates

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party selected rancher and North Dakota Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor as their nominee. Ellen Chaffee was his running mate.[7]

General election

Debates

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[8] Solid R November 1, 2012
Sabato's Crystal Ball[9] Safe R November 5, 2012
Rothenberg Political Report[10] Safe R November 2, 2012
Real Clear Politics[11] Safe R November 5, 2012

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jack
Dalrymple (R)
Ryan
Taylor (D)
Other Undecided
Pharos Research October 26–28, 2012 752 ± 3.6% 63% 34% 3%
Pharos Research October 19–21, 2012 807 ± 3.44% 63% 32% 5%
Rasmussen Reports October 17–18, 2012 600 ± 4.0% 53% 39% 2% 6%
Forum/Essman October 12–15, 2012 500 ± 4.4% 59% 28% 13%
Mason-Dixon October 3–5, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 62% 24% 1% 13%
Rasmussen Reports July 10–11, 2012 400 ± 5.0% 61% 26% 1% 11%

Results

North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jack Dalrymple (incumbent) 200,525 63.10% -11.34%
Democratic-NPL Ryan Taylor 109,048 34.31% +10.78%
Independent Paul Sorum 5,356 1.69% N/A
Independent Roland Riemers 2,618 0.82% N/A
Write-in 267 0.08% N/A
Total votes 317,814 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

References

  1. ^ Finneman, Terri (May 5, 2011). "Schafer says he's not interested in run for governor". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Smith, Nick (April 24, 2012). "Roland Riemers enters governor's race". The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "- Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks, North Dakota". Secure.forumcomm.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Riemers v. Jaeger - Calendar". Ndcourts.gov. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Taylor selects Ellen Chaffee as his running mate". The Bismarck Tribune. Associated Press. March 14, 2012. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. Alt URL
  8. ^ "2012 Governor Race Ratings for November 1, 2012". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "PROJECTION: OBAMA WILL LIKELY WIN SECOND TERM". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "2012 Gubernatorial Ratings". Gubernatorial Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "2012 Elections Map - 2012 Governor Races". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "OFFICIAL 2012 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". results.sos.nd.gov. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
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