Armstrong wins US House

Republican Kelly Armstrong has defeated Democrat Mac Schneider to keep North Dakota’s U.S. House seat in GOP hands.

Armstrong, a state senator from Dickinson and former state party chairman, will take the seat Kevin Cramer left to run for Senate.

The 41-year-old Armstrong has strong connections to the oil industry, including billionaire Harold Hamm, a key developer.

It was a low-key campaign between the two men, who largely agreed on fewer federal regulations and giving more control to local governments.

The 39-year-old Schneider is a former state senator who lost his bid for re-election in 2016.

Republicans have held the seat since 2010, when Rick Berg defeated Earl Pomeroy.