Republican Gary Emineth Withdraws From Senate Race, Says Cramer Will Run
Cramer has not been available to comment on Emineth's statement.
FARGO (KFGO) – Some major maneuvering may be in the works in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race.
Republican hopeful Gary Emineth says he’s withdrawing from the race and is no longer a candidate.
Emineth writes on his website that because of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s decision to enter the race, he’s not willing to “take on a popular incumbent who has done much to endear himself to his constituents.”
Cramer has not been available to comment on Emineth’s statement.
Cramer had earlier considered running for the Senate, but decided to remain in the House.
Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s first term expires at the end of the year.
Heitkamp is seeking a second term.
Emineth’s full statement below:
While Congressman Cramer was my first choice to take on Heidi Heitkamp at the outset, I have to admit I had warmed up to the idea of taking her on myself. The timing seemed right if not serendipitous; I was ready to go.
However, given his decision to enter the race, I find myself unwilling to take on a popular incumbent who has done much to endear himself to his constituents. Cramer’s accessibility and service on behalf of the people of North Dakota are exemplary. There is a lot at stake in this election and we as Republicans must rally the troops and unite to endorse the candidates for both the House and Senate who have the best shot at winning the election this fall. Therefore, I am withdrawing my name as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Let’s make this the year that we in North Dakota do our part to “Take Back Washington” by electing Republicans and making it three for three!
For the Republic,