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Armstrong captures easy win for North Dakota’s U.S. House seat

Kelly Armstrong1 / 3
Mac Schneider2 / 3
Charles Tuttle3 / 3

BISMARCK — Republican Kelly Armstrong rolled to an easy victory Tuesday, Nov. 6, to capture North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.

In complete but unofficial results, Armstrong, a state senator from Dickinson, received 60 percent of the vote in the three-way race for the state’s only seat in the House.

He defeated Democrat and Grand Forks attorney Mac Schneider, who grabbed 36 percent, and Independent candidate Charles Tuttle of Minot, who garnered 4 percent.

"We're going to fight for the issues that are important to North Dakota," Armstrong told supporters at the Republican election night watch party in Bismarck.

The candidates campaigned across the state in hopes of winning a seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who decided to forgo a fourth bid for election to the House to unseat U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Armstrong said he had an “absolute blast” campaigning, adding he knocked on as many doors as he could and met with as many people as possible to gain their support.

“I’m going to continue to be a congressman like that, too,” he said. “That’s the only way I know how to do it. … We’re really just going to enjoy the night with friends and family, and tomorrow we’re going to get to work.”

Schneider conceded the race, congratulating Armstrong.

“His success is going to be North Dakota’s success, so I’m going to support him all of the way,” Schneider said. “I hope he does well for our state.”

U.S. House members, who make $174,000 a year, are elected every two years. If Armstrong is declared the winner, he will be up for re-election in 2020.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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