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United States Senate special election in North Dakota, 1992


United States Senate special election in North Dakota, 1992

United States Senate election in North Dakota, 1992

December 4, 1992

Nominee Kent Conrad Jack Dalrymple
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 103,246 55,194
Percentage 63.2% 33.8%

U.S. Senator before election

Jocelyn Burdick

Elected U.S. Senator

Kent Conrad

The 1992 United States Senate special election in North Dakota was held December 4, 1992 to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by the late Quentin Burdick. Burdick's widow, Jocelyn Burdick, was appointed as a temporary replacement until the election was held. Dem-NPLer Kent Conrad, who held North Dakota's other senate seat for one term since 1986, had not run for re-election to his own seat, holding himself to a campaign promise pledging to reduce the federal deficit. U.S. Senator Kent Conrad won the election.

Major candidates




Burdick's death provided an opportunity for Conrad to return to the Senate in a fight for an open seat. However, some, particularly his political opponents, saw this as a breach of his promise in spirit if not letter, Conrad's high approval ratings as Senator carried through to a victory against Republican state legislator Jack Dalrymple.[1]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Kent Conrad 103,246 63.22 73.57
Republican Jack Dalrymple 55,194 33.80
Independent Darold Larson 4,871 2.98
Turnout 163,311


  1. ^ Our Campaigns - ND US Senate Special Race - Dec 04, 1992

External links

  • 1992 Special North Dakota U.S. Senate Election results

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