She won her Senate seat in 2012 by the narrowest margin of any Senate race that year. Six years later, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost that seat by the largest margin of any Senate race in 2018.
In many ways, Heitkamp’s ultimate defeat is not at all surprising – her state voted overwhelmingly for Republican Donald Trump in 2016, she was the state’s only statewide elected Democrat, and she faced a well-known opponent whose politics more closely matched the states’ voters.
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