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Published August 31, 2010, 05:27 PM

ND Race Getting National Attention

You've most likely seen a lot of political advertisements on TV lately, especially for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in North Dakota.

Political advertisements are filling a lot of commercial space with the general election around two months away. The race between incumbent Earl Pomeroy and Rick Berg is especially heating up for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in North Dakota.

UND Political Science Professor Robert Wood says, “This race is going to be closer than anybody thought it was. It isn't going to be a walk in the park like years past.”

The latest Rasmussen poll has Republican Berg leading Democrat Pomeroy by nine points, but the poll's 4.5 margin of error could leave them in a dead heat.

Wood says, “Berg has been identified by the Republican national party as an opportunity here, and I think the Democrats don't want to see this district go away.”

That national attention will also mean more local commercials in the next couple months.

“I think that we're going to see some money coming in from outside, and that can only mean more TV ads. It's kind of unusual to have that kind of money in a North Dakota race,” says Wood.

Wood says he thinks Berg should have an advantage with Republican John Hoeven being very popular in the U.S. Senate race.

He says Pomeroy should point out in his ads that he has seniority in the House, and the state is already losing one long-time legislator in the Senate.

The general election is November 2nd.