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.