Earlier this year, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) indicated that she would announce her political plans by this summer. Now that her deadline is approaching, she is reportedly saying that her re-election decision is still “months away.” No one is yet challenging her, and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) remains as circumspect as Heitkamp about whether he will jump into the Senate contest. The Congressman continually refuses to rule himself in or out of next year’s Senate race. Sen. Heitkamp has been raising funds for her re-election effort, and had just over $2 million in her campaign account during the last disclosure period. Monitoring her activity that will be reported on the June 30th financial disclosure form should provide interesting information. From a distance, it appears Sen. Heitkamp will seek a second term, and is favored to win re-election in 2018.
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