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11:00 p.m. EDT

At 10:49 p.m. EDT, Jayme Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, was called the Democratic nominee for the District 09a seat. She will head to the general election this fall.

A few minutes later, state Sen. Richard Marcellais, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, was leading with nearly 60 percent of votes with all precincts fully reporting. He will head to the general election in the hopes of securing his fifth term as a state Senator in North Dakota.

Colette Brown, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, ran unopposed for the District 15 Ddemocratic primary in the Senate race and got 99.8 percent of the votes with only one write-in vote. She had a total of 484 votes.

With one precinct fully reporting, Lisa Finley-Deville, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, had 73.3 percent of the votes.

Results had not come for Lillian Jones or incumbent Ruth Anna Buffalo.

Check back for updates Wednesday morning.

8:00 p.m. EDT

The polls have closed in eastern North Dakota and results will begin to trickle in. The western part of the state is in the Mountain time zone. So, voters there still have an hour to get to the polls.

Come back for updates throughout the night.

6:00 p.m. EDT

North Dakota state House Rep. Ruth Buffalo, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, is running for re-election in District 4. Buffalo made history as the first Democratic Native American woman elected to the North Dakota assembly. She was elected in 2018 to a four-year term. Buffalo flipped that seat. It was one of only two seats that were flipped from Republican to Democrat that election.

The incumbent is running against one other in the Democratic primary, Thomas Casler. In the Republican primary, there are two candidates, including incumbent Greg Stemen and John Christy.

In North Dakota, two people are elected to each state district. So, state district 27 is represented in the House by Buffalo and Greg Stemen.

There are only 14 Democratic legislators who serve in the state House. The other 80 are Republicans. North Dakota has held a Republican trifecta for nearly three decades. A trifecta is when one party holds the governor’s office and a majority in the House and Senate.

(Related: Nevada primary has Indigenous congressional candidate)

Buffalo isn’t the only Indigenous Democratic candidate running for reelection. State senator Richard Marcellais, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is running for his fifth term representing District 9. He was first elected to office in 2006.

North Dakota state senator, Richard Marcellais, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is seeking a fifth term to represent district 9. (Photo Courtesy of North Dakota Legislative Branch)

Thomasina Mandan, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, is running for state House District 4. Lisa DeVille, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, is running for state House 4a. Collette Brown, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, is running for state House 15. Lillian Jones, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, is running for state House 41. Jayme Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is running for District 9a.

There are five federally recognized tribes in the state.

The North Dakota polling locations close at 7 p.m. local time and results will start coming in soon after.

ICT will be updating this article throughout the night.

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