The first Republican to announce a Senate challenge to North Dakota first-term incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (D) came forward yesterday to publicly declare his statewide bid. State Sen. Tom Campbell (R-Grafton), active in the financial services, real estate, and agriculture industries, officially entered the statewide campaign. Most of the pre-campaign attention had been centered upon at-large US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck), but the more time progresses the less likely it appears that the Congressman will make the challenge. This race will be viewed as competitive, but Sen. Heitkamp must be rated as the favorite to win a second term.
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