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United States Senate election in North Dakota, 1982

The 1982 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held November 2, 1982. The incumbent, North Dakota Democratic NPL Party (Dem-NPL) Senator Quentin Burdick, sought and received re-election to his fifth term, defeating Republican candidate Gene Knorr. [1]

Only Burdick filed as a Dem-NPLer, and the endorsed Republican candidate was cattle rancher Washington, D.C. where he took the position of Staff Vice President with Philip Morris International.

One independent candidate, Anna B. Bourgois, also filed before the deadline, running under her self-created party titled God, Family, and Country. Bourgois would later run for North Dakota's other United States Senate seat an independent in 1986, challenging Mark Andrews. She received over 8,000 votes in the election, which is rather high for an independent. Some attribute her large number of votes to the name of her party - which was based on things that North Dakotans valued. Despite the result, Bourgois' campaign still had little impact on the outcome.

Election results

1982 United States Senate election, North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Quentin Burdick (incumbent) 164,873 62.84
Republican Gene Knorr 89,304 34.03
Independent Anna B. Bourgois 8,288 3.13
Turnout 262,465

Prior to the 1982 Senate campaign, Knorr had been working in Washington, DC since 1970 when he worked for the Department of Treasury. He began working in Washington, DC, residing in McLean, Virginia after receiving a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University where he was celebrated in debate. From Treasury, he worked as a lobbyist with Charls E. Walker Associates.


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External links

  • 1982 North Dakota U.S. Senate Election results
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