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Published November 07, 2012, 05:56 PM

Rick Berg explains his concession following one percent loss

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is North Dakota's newest US senator.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is North Dakota's newest US senator.

Rick Berg conceded the race to Heitkamp today, just hours after saying he wanted to wait until all the votes were canvassed before proceeding.

Heitkamp finished 3,000 votes ahead, amounting to less than one percent, close enough for Berg to ask for a recount.

But he declined to do that.

Rick Berg bowed out of the race during a monthly luncheon gathering of Cass county Republicans.

He told the group he saw little evidence of irregularities, and that state election workers generally are very accurate, therefore he believed the results would likely hold up.

Berg thanked his supporters and his family and said he called Heitkamp late this morning to congratulate her.

He also told the crowd, North Dakota's and the country's problems were not solved at the ballot box yesterday.

Rep. Rick Berg, (R) Bows out of Race: “All of the issues we've talked about this whole campaign didn't get solved yesterday. This is a process that's going to take a lot of work from those political leaders we elected, last night, both on the national, as well as the state level."

Berg said he's not sure what he'll do next, other than finish out his term in Congress.

Heitkamp was not doing media interviews today, but in a statement, she thanked Berg for his service, and said she'll represent all North Dakotans, not just Democrats.