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Armstrong outraises Schneider in US House race

Kelly Armstrong is joined by his wife, Kjersti, daughter Anna Constance and son Elias Patrick on stage at the ND Republican Party convention for the endorsement for Congress April 7 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service1 / 2
Mac Schneider visits with supporters after announcing his intention to run as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 6, at the Depot in downtown Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service 2 / 2

BISMARCK -- North Dakota Republican congressional candidate Kelly Armstrong raised more than $458,000 in the opening weeks of his campaign, outpacing his Democratic challenger, Mac Schneider.

Armstrong’s first-quarter haul includes a $100,000 loan from his own pocket, according to Federal Election Commission records accessed Monday, April 16. A state senator from Dickinson, he resigned as chairman of the state party before announcing his U.S. House campaign in late February.

Schneider, who was the state Senate minority leader before losing his re-election bid in 2016, raised more than $128,000. He launched his campaign in early March.

Armstrong had more than $236,000 in cash on hand at the end of March. Schneider had almost $126,000 in cash on hand.

Both candidates were happy with their hauls, given that they started their campaigns just a few weeks before the end of the first quarter. Armstrong said his campaign “did great right out of the chute,” while Schneider said “people are enthusiastic” about his run.

Armstrong and Schneider were endorsed by their respective parties to run for the seat Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is vacating his House seat to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Armstrong faced a primary election challenge from Grafton state Sen. Tom Campbell before he dropped out last week.

Campbell’s FEC report shows he raised more than $1.2 million during his campaign, which started in August, with $745,000 of that being a loan from the candidate.

Campaign finance information for Marine Corps veteran Tiffany Abentroth, a Republican who has filed to run in the June 12 primary, was not posted on the FEC website as of Monday morning.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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