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Bridget Johnson


November 7, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Republicans oh-so-narrowly missed capturing a North Dakota Senate seat as Rep. Rick Berg lost to former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Berg trailed with 49.5 percent to Heitkamp’s 50.5 percent

Berg conceded to Heitkamp today. She becomes the first woman senator from North Dakota and will join a record 20 Senate women in the 113th Congress..

The state had the same Democratic senators for many years: Conrad and Byron Dorgan. Then in 2010, former Gov. John Hoeven, a Republican, replaced the retiring Dorgan.

Berg has been one of the House Republicans in the forefront of drawing attention to the wildly successful fracking boom in his state’s Bakken oil fields.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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