North Dakota Senate Projection In July, 2018 is following four U.S. Senate races. The four “toss-up” races are in: 1) Florida, 2) Tennessee, 3) North Dakota, and 4) Missouri.

Florida is tied with New York as the third largest state by population in the U.S. Florida has a massive 12,875,998 registered voters.  North Dakota is the fourth smallest state by population in the U.S. North Dakota has a population of 755,393 and has often been ignored in past Presidential election years.

In the 2018 Mid-Term election, the U.S. Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp (D) and Kevin Cramer (R) is attracting a lot of attention.  Election Polls taken in July, 2018 indicate that the race is a toss-up.  However, one of the polls shows Mr. Cramer with a very slight lead.

With oil extraction from the Bakken formation creating jobs, the population of North Dakota has grown more on a percentage basis than any state in the U.S. in the past five years.  Both Heitkamp and Cramer need to encourage the new residents to register to vote and vote for them.  It would be interesting to speculate what Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would say to the new residents working the oil fields.  Still Donald Trump remains a powerful force in North Dakota.  The race remains too close to project a favorite at this time.

R. Van Conoley

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