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Published November 03, 2010, 01:09 PM

ND's Berg part of large US House freshman class

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have put a Republican in the U.S. House for the first time in 30 years.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have put a Republican in the U.S. House for the first time in 30 years.

Veteran state legislator and Fargo property developer Rick Berg defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy on Tuesday with almost 55 percent of the vote in unofficial returns.

Berg was triumphant in his first statewide race after 26 years in the North Dakota House. He'll be North Dakota's first Republican congressman since Mark Andrews in 1980.

Republicans picked up at least 60 seats in Tuesday's elections to win control of the U.S. House. Berg says he'll be working to build coalitions among the new House members. He says national GOP leaders will be paying attention to such a large group of freshmen.

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