Last weekend, state Senator and former ND Republican Party chairman Kelly Armstrong (R-Dickinson) won the official GOP endorsement at the state party convention. Sen. Armstrong defeated state Sen. Tom Campbell (R-Grafton) who had been actively campaigning for the Senate prior to US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) doing an about face and stepping forward to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D). Mr. Campbell quickly pivoted into the House race upon Rep. Cramer’s Senate announcement.
After losing the convention endorsement vote, Campbell promised to take the nomination fight to a primary, but now has changed his mind. Yesterday, he dropped out of the race and endorsed Sen. Armstrong. Now only minor candidates remain in a possible Republican primary. Therefore, it appears a certainty that Sen. Armstrong and former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) will be the respective party nominees for the general election campaign in the open at-large House seat.
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