UPDATE: 9:40 am
Rep. Kevin Cramer’s official campaign Facebook page says he’s holding a rally to announce he’s running for Senate.
The rally is scheduled for Friday night at 5:30 pm. It’s scheduled to be held at the Ramada in Bismarck. Doors will open at 5 pm for the event.
We will have more on this developing story.
Although Kevin Cramer’s office has yet to confirm he’s running for Senate, social media is buzzing with reports that he’s in.
Cramer said earlier this week in Washington that he would make a decision by the weekend.
One of Governor Burgum’s staff tweeted this morning ‘See you all at the Ramada in Bismarck this Friday at 5:30 pm to launch Kevin Cramer’s campaign for US Senate! #NDPol
Cramer could reverse what many consider one of the GOP’s biggest recruiting misses of the 2018 election cycle.
His January decision to forgo a campaign against Heidi Heitkamp in what was expected to be one of the nation’s most vulnerable Democratic-held seats left the GOP with state Sen. Tom Campbell. Cramer — as a statewide elected official in North Dakota, which has only one House seat — would bring a much higher profile to the race.
Cramer announced in early January that he would not run for Senate, however this week he announced he was rethinking that decision.
Cramer was first elected to the House in 2012. He is a former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party and previously headed the state Public Service Commission.
Cramer mulled a run for U.S. Senate in 2006 against then-incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad. But he backed out, saying national Republican officials were unwilling to commit enough money to the race at the time.