BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck businessman and former North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth announced Wednesday he’s running for U.S. Senate, calling himself the party’s best hope for toppling Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
“I’m in,” Emineth told The Associated Press. “I can and will beat Heidi this fall.”
Emineth, 59, said earlier this week he began considering a run after U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer passed up a challenge to Heitkamp. Emineth is a close friend of Cramer and ran the congressman’s campaign in 2012.
“I fully expected him to run,” Emineth said of Cramer. “When he didn’t, I decided I might as well.”
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