Republican Kevin Cramer defeats Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota

Republican Kevin Cramer defeats Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota

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ND Senate hopeful Cramer addresses criticism from farmers Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has defeated Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Fox News projects. Cramer won the race on a standard Republican platform of supporting tough immigration laws, lower taxes, gun rights, pro-life policies, and deregulation. Polling indicated a close race for a while, but Heitkamp fell behind amid the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process; she ultimately voted against Trump’s Supreme Court pick. She also came under fire due to a campaign ad that released names of alleged sexual assault victims without their permission. Polling indicated that the Kavanaugh controversy made a difference in deep red North Dakota, a state that President Trump won by 35 points. A Fox News poll taken days before Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote found that 34 percent of North Dakotans said they would be less likely to vote for Heitkamp if she voted against Kavanaugh, with just 17 percent saying it would make them more likely to vote for her. The Kavanaugh situation was followed by a scandal in which Heitkamp’s campaign released an ad listing the names of alleged sexual assault victims, some of whom said they had not given permission to release their names. Others said they had never been assaulted. Heitkamp’s campaign apologized, saying that the release of names was a "mistake". Heitkamp also came under fire recently for endorsing an ad that claimed that North Dakotans with out-of-state hunting licenses could lose those licenses if they vote. Heitkamp claimed it was true, […]

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