Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Cramer schedules Senate rally amid speculation he'll run

Cramer schedules Senate rally amid speculation he'll run

Republicans now have just a slim majority of 51 seats in the Senate, and if they lose just two of them, the Democrats could regain the majority. Trump carried the state by 36 points in 2016 and remains popular.

Ms. Heitkamp recently drew fire from conservatives after she high fived Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, after voting against a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Kevin Cramer was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 when long-time Representative Rick Berg made a decision to run for U.S. Senate.

The decision is sure to come as a relief to Washington Republicans who had been pressuring him to reconsider his decision last month to stay put in the House.

Kevin Cramer says billionaire oilman Harold Hamm has agreed to be his finance chairman if he runs against Democratic Sen.

Cramer said that he has since been contacted by GOP faithful and "hundreds" of North Dakotans to get into the race.

Dustin Peyer is the only Democratic challenger that has announced to run against Heitkamp. The post included a picture of the congressman with the words "Kevin Cramer U.S. Senate". Emineth's departure left Tom Campbell, a second-term state senator who trails Heitkamp badly in name recognition and money, as the only Republican in the race. "North Dakota needs a voice in the Senate who will fight to keep our communities strong and safe, fight for working families and retirement security, and fight for small businesses and farmers who keep our towns thriving". A Heitkamp-Cramer matchup in the general election could be one of the fiercest of the 2018 midterms, as they both represent the same constituency; Cramer represents the entire state in the House.

Campaign officials didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

However, Cramer does bring some baggage to the North Dakota race.

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