11/06/2012 09:38 am ET

North Dakota Election 2012: Heidi Heitkamp-Rick Berg Race Captures Spotlight Over Presidential Contest (LIVE UPDATES)

In the North Dakota election on Tuesday, the state's Senate race is likely to make bigger national headlines in the world of politics over the race for president.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to easily win North Dakota's 3 electoral votes over Barack Obama. The Senate race between Democratic hopeful Heidi Heitkamp and Republican contender Rick Berg for the seat being vacated by incumbent Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat, is much more competitive.

The latest polls show Heitkamp and Berg running within just a few points of one another.

North Dakota's Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, is expected to score a win over Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor on Tuesday.

Via North Dakota Secretary of State website, here are the details on the hours the polls are open:

Polling locations cannot open earlier than 7:00 a.m. and must be open by 9:00 a.m. with the
exception of those precincts in which fewer than 75 votes were cast in the last General Election.
The governing body of the exempt polling locations may direct the polls to open no later than
12:00 noon. All polling locations must remain open until 7:00 p.m. and close no later than 9:00
p.m. NDCC § 16.1-01-03

North Dakota is split between Central and Mountain time zones.

Check out the latest polls on Senate races across the country below. Scroll down for live Election Day updates.

2012 Senate Race Polls


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