Print Column: The Heitkamp Era Has Been Terrible for North Dakota Democrats

Where do North Dakota Democrats go from here?

As I write this the vote counts are still coming in. We’ll have time in the days ahead to dissect what happened in the legislative races and with the ballot measures, but there was really only one race this cycle that mattered to Democrats and they lost it.

It was a dismal night for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, coming after a clumsy campaign that stumbled its way to election day.

The incumbent under performed her 2012 results by significant margins in several key eastern North Dakota counties, and in the western part of the state she got flat-out mugged by Congressman Kevin Cramer.

That’s worth thinking about for a moment.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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