Republicans could get their top North Dakota Senate prospect, after all

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.

Cramer on Friday told the Bismarck Tribune in which he is usually “mildly reconsidering” the Senate race, yet in which “not a lot has changed.”

“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.”

“I find myself unwilling to take on a well-liked incumbent who has done much to endear himself to his constituents,” Emineth wrote in an email to supporters in which he linked by his Twitter profile. “Cramer’s accessibility along with service on behalf of the people of North Dakota are exemplary.”

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.

Republicans could get their top North Dakota Senate prospect, after all

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