Cramer is usually “seriously considering” entering the race, according to a Republican with knowledge of the push to get Cramer to run.
Such a move could come after weeks of pressure by leading Republicans to reconsider his decision a month ago to forego a campaign against Heitkamp in what was anticipated to be one of the nation’s most vulnerable Democratic-held seats.
“I want to be respectful of people who are asking me to reconsider,” he said then.
North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven wouldn’t say Tuesday whether Cramer will run, yet said he’s “been asked to reconsider the item by a lot of people.”
Rumors in which Cramer could change his mind along with run for the Senate have circled for days, yet accelerated Tuesday when a long-shot candidate — former state party chair Gary Emineth — announced he was dropping out because of Cramer’s “decision to enter the race.”
Cramer’s office along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee did not respond to questions about whether Emineth’s comments about Cramer’s plans were accurate.
State Sen. Tom Campbell has also entered the Republican primary. yet Cramer — as a statewide elected official — could bring a much higher profile to the race.