BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In much of the nation, campaign ads and election telephone calls are just another indication of the fall political season.
But these are rare events in North Dakota, where voters have not seen a tight Senate race in more than a quarter of a century.
The contest between Republican Rick Berg and his Democratic foe, Heidi Heitkamp, is giving many people their first real taste of the untrammeled campaigning that has long been common in larger states, including a barrage of campaign advertising and calls.
The state's last competitive Senate race was in 1986, when Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad first won his seat. He is not seeking re-election.