Cramer schedules Senate rally amid speculation he'll run

Cramer schedules Senate rally amid speculation he'll run

Heidi Heitkamp, finally giving Republicans a top recruit in a state that President Trump won by more than 30 points and making it a prime pickup opportunity for the GOP in 2018. Heidi Heitkamp in November.

Cramer announced in January that he was passing up the Senate race and would run for another House term instead.

The paper cited a person close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who spoke to Cramer about the race.

Cramer told The Associated Press he would make a decision by the weekend, adding "I don't want to let this linger".

The North Dakota seat is seen as a big pickup chance for Republicans.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE, who was also lobbying Cramer to enter the Senate race, won North Dakota by almost 36 points in the 2016 election. 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.

Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton has been campaigning for U.S. Senate since past year. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is rethinking his decision to retire, with some state Republicans believing he would be a stronger general election candidate than the current GOP front-runner, Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

Cramer has been teasing reconsideration for Senate since late last week. He said Cramer was receiving a lot of pressure to do so, along with encouragement from the White House.

Campbell has dug deep into his own pocket in recent months to buy TV ads to raise his profile statewide.

Heitkamp has raised about $7.7 million and has about $4.4 million cash on hand.

"This is a high-profile race - I would have more than enough money to win", he said.

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