Mike Beltz slept three hours Tuesday night, rolled out of bed at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and started driving around Traill County picking up campaign signs.

The District 20 Republican lawmaker didn’t seem fazed by the lack of sleep, however.

Pulling off a big win on election night will have that effect.

Beltz, a retired Hillsboro-area farmer and District 20 incumbent, joined Rep. Jared Hagert (R-Emerado) as the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the newly reshaped House district.

Beltz received 1,338 votes and Hagert 1,370 to edge Republican challenger Craig Jarolimek, who picked up 800 votes, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.

“I was appreciative of the support people gave me in the district,” said Beltz, who didn’t pick up his party’s endorsement in February but pulled off the win in Tuesday’s primary.

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