Rep. Kevin Cramer is preparing to announce his entry into North Dakota's Senate race, granting Republicans' wish for a top candidate to take on Democratic Sen. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak ahead of an official announcement, said Cramer had reconsidered an earlier decision against running after hearing from constituents.
On Facebook, Cramer posted he will be announcing his Senate candidacy on Friday in Bismarck.
Cramer's wife Kris, who also works on his campaign, declined to confirm the nature of the announcement. Republicans see a prime opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in North Dakota, with it being one of 10 states that President Trump won in 2016 Senate Democrats must defend.
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If Cramer does win, Headrick says he'll support President Trump's agenda.
Associated Press writer Thomas Beaumont contributed to this report from Des Moines, Iowa. On Tuesday, Republican Gary Emineth quit the race, saying he'd spoken with Cramer several times recently and expected him to challenge Heitkamp. He and his campaign manager didn't return messages Thursday morning. Kathryn HeitkampHouse passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare In 2018, Trump must be the small-business champion he claimed to be GOP goes on offense with 20-week abortion vote MORE (D-N.D.).
Republicans now hold a slim majority in the Senate. But until now, Republicans had failed to recruit Cramer to run against her. He ran twice for the House in the 1990s, losing to incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy in 1996 and 1998 before winning it in 2012. Tom Campbell, the other major candidate in the race, was likely to run for Cramer's open House seat instead, clearing the primary field for the congressman.