Bismarck’s only Democrat in the Legislature was re-elected Tuesday night in a race that stayed close until the end, but Republicans won all other Bismarck-Mandan legislative seats.
Sen. Erin Oban defeated Republican Gary Emineth for District 35 Senate. She had 3,961 votes, or 54 percent, over Emineth, who had 3,328 votes, or 46 percent, in complete but unofficial results.
Oban, who will serve a second term, said she wasn’t surprised that results were close.
“I ran as the underdog," Oban said. "I am so grateful for the support of the people in my district and I want everybody to know, whether they voted for me or not, I will continue to work for them for the next four years.”
Also in District 35, Republican incumbents Bob Martinson and Karen Karls were re-elected to the House over Democratic challengers Joe Elsberry and Rachel Thomason.
Martinson had 3,793 votes, or 29 percent, and Karls had 3,724 votes, or 29 percent, while Thomason had 2,836 votes, or 22 percent, and Elsberry had 2,656 votes, or 20 percent.
District 35 was the only Bismarck-Mandan legislative district with a full slate of candidates.
Voters in District 47 in northwest Bismarck elected a new state senator on Tuesday to succeed Republican Sen. Ralph Kilzer, who is retiring.
Republican Mike Dwyer won with 5,873 votes, or 67 percent, over Democrat Brandi Jude, who had 2,888 votes, or 33 percent.
For District 47 House, voters elected Republican incumbents George Keiser and Lawrence Klemin over Democrat Sabina McGarrahan Gasper. Keiser had 5,520 votes, or 40 percent, Klemin had 5,410 votes, or 39 percent, while McGarrahan Gasper had 2,956 votes, or 21 percent.
In District 7, which includes Lincoln and portions of Bismarck to the north and east, Republican incumbents Jason Dockter and Rick Becker were re-elected to House seats over Democrat Paul Wilkins. Dockter had 6,405 votes, or 42 percent, Becker had 6,187 votes, or 40 percent, and Wilkins had 2,752 votes, or 18 percent.
Republican incumbent Nicole Poolman ran unopposed for District 7 Senate.
For District 31, which includes Mandan, Republican incumbent Donald Schaible, of Mott, was re-elected to the state Senate, defeating Democrat Rachele Hall, of Mandan. Schaible had 3,011 votes, or 58 percent, while Hall had 2,203 votes, or 42 percent.
For District 31 House, Republican incumbents Karen Rohr, of Mandan, and Jim Schmidt, of Huff, ran unopposed.
The four-year legislative terms begin on Dec. 1.