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Published February 17, 2012, 05:33 PM

ND Senate Race Gets National Attention

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - This year's North Dakota Senate race is getting national attention because the current front runner Rick Berg is facing some unforeseen obstacles.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - This year's North Dakota Senate race is getting national attention because the current front runner Rick Berg is facing some unforeseen obstacles.

A New York Times article this week says Republicans expect Congressman Rick Berg to win this year's Senate election in a landslide, but the fact he's already in Washington could keep him from going back.

Berg is looking for a promotion. He says this election is about change.

He explains, "Here's the situation. Our country's on a track that's not sustainable. Something's gotta change."

But a change in opinion could keep him from reaching the Senate. Bickering in Washington is wearing on the American people. The most recent Associated Press poll shows only 15 percent of Americans approve of congress. You can count voter Fran Schwan among the 84 percent who don't.

She does admit, however, "I think I'm registered as a Republican, but I'm pretty disappointed on the Republican elite."

She says Berg is focusing too much on national politics and too little on what affects North Dakotans.

"His latest ad, I think he's on the Keystone pipeline, I think he's a little bit off", Schwan says. "He's talking about big jobs in North Dakota. We've got more jobs than we can handle."

Berg did stress nationwide issues during a stop in Devils Lake this week.

He says one of his goals as a Senator would be to, "...repeal Obamacare. Stop this regulatory overreach. These are important things. If we do it, we will create jobs for our economy."

He says anti-Washington sentiment shouldn't be aimed at the Republican controlled House, where he currently serves.

He adds, "I believe the problem's in the Senate, so that's a decision the voters have to make."

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