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Associated Press, Published November 07 2012

ND Democrats gain seats in state Senate, lose in House

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Legislature's new crop of lawmakers includes the son of a former governor and the Legislature's only openly gay member.

Democrats gained two Senate seats and lost two House seats in Tuesday's elections. Republicans still have two-thirds control of the Legislature.

In the Senate, Fargo Democrat George B. Sinner beat incumbent Republican Jim Roers. Sinner is the son of former Democratic Gov. George A. Sinner.

In Jamestown, Democrat John Grabinger won the seat vacated by longtime Republican Sen. David Nething.

Democrats lost two House seats. But one of the Democratic victors was Fargo House candidate Joshua Boschee (BOH'-shee). He will be the Legislature's only openly gay representative.

Republicans now have 33 Senate seats to 14 for the Democrats. In the House, the split is 71 Republicans, 23 Democrats.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.