Two Big Announcements Shake Up Two North Dakota Races

Bismarck, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer has changed his mind. He will run for the U.S. Senate. Now State Senator Tom Campbell is switching races.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday for this moment.

“I am seeking the republican party’s nomination to be your candidate for the United States Senator of North Dakota,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) announced at the Ramada in Bismarck.

Congressman Kevin Cramer announced a month ago he would not run. Friday was a different story. But he says he is fully committed to the Senate race.

“The one thing about good leaders is you re-evaluate things as facts change and as inspiration changes,” Cramer said.

Cramer says he was called again by the President but says it was more about being called by the people of North Dakota.

“It was just the encouragement of hundreds of North Dakotans. Over a thousand people called contacting us one way or another and urging us to re-consider,” Cramer said.

That appeared to put Cramer up against State Senator Tom Campbell for the republican nomination, until this.

“Tonight I’m going to be running for the United State Congress,” Campbell announced at the same event. He will now try to win the house seat Cramer is vacating.

“At the end of the day, the most important thing is to unseat Senator Heitkamp. And it wouldn’t have been fun to be distracted, spend money fighting ourselves so it was kind of a no brainer,” Campbell said.

Both new candidates are ready to tackle the issues.

“We have a big farm bill coming up…we’re going to make sure the safety net for crop insurance is maintained,” Cramer said.

“Health care is probably the number one thing I see as I travel around. People are spending too much,” Campbell said.

But first they have to win.

In the senate race, Cramer will be up against Paul Schaffner for the republican nomination.

In the house, Campbell is facing Republicans Tiffany Abentroth and DuWayne Hendrickson and Democrat Ben Hanson.

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