State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt (R) stated publicly at the end of last week that she will not enter the US Senate race next year. Currently, only state Sen. Tom Campbell (R-Grafton) is a declared candidate lining up to oppose Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D). At-large US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) remains a potential contender, but says he will not make a decision until next year. Former at-large Rep. Rick Berg (R) also refuses to close the door on running.
North Dakota is a non-binding convention state, but the eventual candidate who wins majority delegate support at the April state Republican Party convention will likely become the nominee. Though this will be a competitive race, Sen. Heitkamp begins as the favorite to win her first re-election campaign.
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