In what’s poised to be an upset victory, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp holds a small but sturdy lead against Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., for the open North Dakota Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Kent Conrad. With only 0.5% of precincts left to report vote totals and most of the state’s Republican bastions in, Heitkamp’s 1.2-point lead appeared unassailable, at least based on the votes left to count early Wednesday morning. The Berg campaign released a statement at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday indicating it would not make any announcements—concessions or otherwise—until the state undergoes an official canvassing process, which “will certify the election and provide an official result,” according to Berg spokesman Chris Van Guilder. This process is set to begin Friday, but a final decision may not come until next week after the Veterans’ Day holiday when all the counties complete the canvassing process. Republicans had initially considered this race an easy get, so Heitkamp’s likely win is all that much more surprising.
If I’m not mistaken, a win by Heitkamp would mean the 133th Congress would have 20 female senators.