Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton has been campaigning for U.S. Senate since a year ago. Heitkamp, a Democrat in a deep-red state that went overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016, is thought to be one of the most-vulnerable senators this cycle. "That's why today I'm proud to endorse my friend Kevin Cramer in his bid to unseat Sena". Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.), who was heavily recruiting Cramer to run, that the at-large congressman will jump into the race. He promised a decision by the weekend.
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.
Kelly Armstrong says Cramer is popular in North Dakota and has a proven conservative record.
Cramer, 56, is a former state Republican director and chairman. On Tuesday, Republican Gary Emineth quit the race, saying he'd spoken with Cramer several times recently and expected him to challenge Heitkamp.
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His change of heart is a bright spot for Senate Republicans who have struggled to find top recruits in other states as well, despite being blessed with a very favorable 2018 map where 10 Democrats are up for re-election in states that Trump won. He ran twice for the House in the 1990s, losing to incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy in 1996 and 1998 before winning it in 2012.
"Nobody else that was considering running has the name recognition or the state-wide election victories that Kevin Cramer has, nor do they have the ability to raise the money that he has", said Dr. Barbara Headrick, political sciences professor at MSUM.
"Somebody has got to step in and do something about it", he said. Nearly three-quarters of the more than $1 million he has raised has come from himself, Federal Election Commission filings show.