Bismarck, ND – Even though Senator Heidi Heitkamp has not said if she will run for re-election, she has taken in plenty of donations to support another campaign.
Donors seem to want Senator Heidi Heitkamp to run again. This year, she has raised more than $3 million. But not from North Dakota voters. People in three other states and the District of Columbia have contributed more than North Dakotans. These are just individual contributions and don’t include donations from organizations and political action committees. Some voters wonder how out-of-state money can influence our election.
“It should just stay in North Dakota…If it benefits North Dakota depending on the issue then it may be something to think about,” North Dakota resident Kylie Erickson said.
“I think the only ones that bother me is if it’s a campaign that is run almost entirely by out of state donations,” Burleigh County Commissioner Jerry Woodcox said.
Political experts believe Representative Kevin Cramer was considering challenging her for the seat. If that is true, he is already way behind in fundraising.
“It can sway it very much so. If one side or the other spends five times as much as the other, it usually ends up influencing the vote. I hate to see that happen that way, but that’s the way it’s being done right now,” Woodcox said.
And Heitkamp is way out in front.
In comparison, when Senator Heitkamp won in 2012, she had about $5.5 million cash on hand.
As for the republicans, CNN reported there is a growing push for North Dakota State Senator Tom Campbell to run. He is thought to have the resources to largely self-fund a campaign against Senator Heitkamp.