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Berg won’t seek Senate race rematch with Heitkamp

Former U.S. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., talks about his life after leaving office during an interview Friday, May 10, 2013, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

BISMARCK -- Rick Berg, the former North Dakota Republican congressman from Fargo who lost a tight race to Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in 2012, won’t seek a rematch this year, he said Thursday, Jan. 11.

Berg’s announcement came the same day Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said he would seek re-election to the U.S. House, declining a run against North Dakota’s only Democrat elected to statewide office.

“We love being in North Dakota,” Berg told Forum News Service.

After serving in the state Legislature for more than two decades, Berg spent one term in the U.S. House after defeating Democrat Earl Pomeroy in 2010. He lost to Heitkamp in 2012 by less than 3,000 votes, a margin of victory of less than 1 percent.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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