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Cramer 'mildly reconsidering' Senate run against Heitkamp

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks at the North Dakota GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo in 2016. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK—U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said Friday, Feb. 9, he is "mildly reconsidering" his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

The North Dakota Republican said he has received encouragement from people he declined to name. But he said "not a lot has changed" and he's focused on the House race.

"I want to be respectful of people who are asking me to reconsider," Cramer said outside of a North Dakota GOP event in Bismarck.

Two Republican candidates have jumped into the U.S. Senate race: state Sen. Tom Campbell and former state Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth.

Cramer was first elected to the House in 2012 and publicly weighed a Senate run in the Republican-dominated state. In announcing last month he would run for a fourth term in the House instead, he said he needed to spend time with family.

"We just felt like this was not the time for us to do that," Cramer said at the time.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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