A new potential Republican candidate could be soon coming forward if the latest WPA Intelligence survey (9/10-11; 406 ND likely voters) is a precursor to an announcement. State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt (R), an individual not previously mentioned as a potential candidate, actually leads first-term incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (D), 48-44%, according to the WPA data. State Sen. Tom Campbell (R-Grafton/Grand Forks) is a declared candidate, but was not tested in this poll. At-large US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) is still a potential candidate but has taken no discernible action to form a Senate campaign. This is the first poll of any kind this year to show Sen. Heitkamp trailing.
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