FARGO – In contrast to the Democrats’ gathering a few blocks away, North Dakota Republicans are vibrant and energetic at their rally here at the Holiday Inn.
The banquet room is packed with at least a couple hundred supporters, as Fox News airs on a projection screen before the room.
Republican challenger Rick Berg, the headliner of the evening, has been working the room and just gave media interviews.
Berg said it’s too soon for celebrating as many of the results are still out, but he felt good coming into tonight’s results.
The Republican crowd erupted in cheers of joy as at least one media outlet – NBC News – projected the race in Berg’s favor a short while ago.
Now, with 258 of 505 precincts reporting, Berg is the candidate with the advantage - leading Democratic incumbent Earl Pomeroy with nearly 54 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent of the vote for Pomeroy.