ND Measures Struck Down, Republicans Rise

EMILY BEAMAN | THE SPECTRUM
EMILY BEAMAN | THE SPECTRUM

North Dakotans voted on more measures Tuesday than ever found on a ballot before.

They only passed one of the eight proposals.

Across the state, measures were rejected and Republicans scored wins during a pivotal midterm election.

The unofficial results of the 2014 election are listed below, with all precincts reporting.

Measures massacred

Measure 2 survived as the only constitutional amendment passed by voters Tuesday.

The measure, which prohibits North Dakota from imposing taxes on the mortgage or transfer of property, passed with ease: 76 – 24.

Perhaps the most controversial of the proposed amendments was Measure 1, which stated the right to life must be protected at all stages of development. Voters rejected the 19-word proposal: 36 – 64.

Measure 3 had the potential to reshape the higher education landscape in North Dakota. If passed, it would have replaced the existing state board of higher education with a governor-appointed commission of higher education.

It failed: 25 – 75.

Backers of Measure 5 handed out information Tuesday outside the south doors of the Memorial Union, riling up support for the proposed amendment that would have redirected a percentage of North Dakota’s oil tax revenues to conservation efforts.

It failed: 21 – 79.

Measure 7 caused strife in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences; the College, per university rule, publically did not pick a side.

The proposed amendment would have removed the requirement that obligated majority ownership in a pharmacy be held by a registered pharmacist.

It failed: 41 – 59.

Measure 4, a direct democracy proposal that would have required future measures with significant fiscal impacts on North Dakota to be voted on at a general election, failed: 43 – 57.

Measure 6 would have created a legal presumption in which each deemed-fit parent can be entitled to be awarded equal parental rights by a court.

It failed: 38 – 62.

Lastly, Measure 8 would have followed Minnesota’s lead and required North Dakota public schools to start after Labor Day.

It failed by the closest margin: 44 – 56.

Republicans reign, Democrats scrap for seats

For the first time in eight years, Republicans have the majority in U.S. Congress.

The GOP strengthened the party’s hold on the House and secured the Senate.

Statewide, Republicans had a strong showing, too.

Rep. Kevin Cramer held his seat for the GOP, defeating Democratic challenger George Sinner.

Libertarian Jack Seaman garnered over 10,000 votes, sneaking away with nearly 6 percent of the vote.

Republican incumbent Doug Goehring beat Democrat Ryan Taylor in the Agriculture Commissioner race. Goehring was endorsed by the NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Taylor lost his second race in as many years; in 2012, he was defeated in the gubernatorial by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Republicans swept the ballot in District 45, which encompasses the main campus of NDSU.

Of the 24 North Dakota Senate races, Republicans won 19. Democrats won only five.

In the House, Republicans won 18 districts outright. Democrats swept three. The other three were split.

Democrats kept it from being a landslide victory, however.

For the first time in District 21’s history, an all-female, all-Democrat ticket will serve its constituents.

Incumbent Carolyn Nelson defeated Republican challenger Cindy Pfeiffer for North Dakota Senate.

North Dakota State students Robert Lauf and Lucas Paper both lost to Democrats Kathy Hogan and Mary Schneider.

In Minnesota, Democrats had a better day.

Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected in the gubernatorial race, defeating Republican challenger Jeff Johnson.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken also held his seat for the Democrats, beating Republican Mike McFadden.

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson won his race against Republican Torrey Westrom, the closest race Peterson has ever fought through. The moderate Democrat won his 13th term Tuesday.

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