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Grabinger holds Senate seat

Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, is looking forward to his second term in the North Dakota Senate. Voters in District 12 elected him Tuesday by a margin of 3,664 votes to 2,555 for Republican challenger and Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. "I'm e...

Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, is looking forward to his second term in the North Dakota Senate.

Voters in District 12 elected him Tuesday by a margin of 3,664 votes to 2,555 for Republican challenger and Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen.

"I'm excited about my opportunity to go back to Bismarck," Grabinger said. "The vote shows the people of Jamestown appreciate the work I've done."

Grabinger said balancing the budget remains the top priority for North Dakota.

Grabinger was elected to the Senate from District 12 in 2012. Prior to that he served eight years on the Jamestown City Council. Grabinger has also made dealing with the growing number of prisoners a priority during his two legislative sessions.

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During the campaign, Grabinger made Andersen's ability to balance her position as Jamestown mayor with service in the Legislature an issue.

Andersen maintained during the campaign that both positions were part-time jobs.

Andersen could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Andersen has served as Jamestown mayor since 2010. This was her first attempt at a state-level position. Andersen campaigned on her record of balancing the budget and economic development in Jamestown.

The Andersen campaign gained attention when one of her campaign postcards was defaced with a target and holes punched in the picture of her face. The postcard was left at her place of business last week.

The vote tally is considered unofficial until the canvassing board meets Monday to review the election and declare the results official.

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