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Published November 04, 2012, 09:24 AM

New oil workers key bloc in North Dakota Senate race

MANNING, N.D. (AP) — Thousands of people have moved to North Dakota in the last two years to work in the state's thriving oil industry. And both Democrats and Republicans are trying to attract their votes.

By: DALE WETZEL,Associated Press , Associated Press

MANNING, N.D. (AP) — Thousands of people have moved to North Dakota in the last two years to work in the state's thriving oil industry. And both Democrats and Republicans are trying to attract their votes.

The influx of workers could make a difference in a state with only 533,000 eligible voters. Republican Senate candidate Rick Berg campaigned in oil country this week, while Democratic opponent Heidi Heitkamp promises in a television ad to support development of a new crude processing refinery.

An election official in one oilfield county said she's already received a record number of early votes. North Dakota county auditors are expecting such an influx of new voters that many are worried about having enough ballots. North Dakota allows anyone who has lived in the same place for 30 days to vote.

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