MINOT, N.D. — With roughly three weeks to go until Election Day, North Dakota's two Senate candidates find themselves in very different situations. "We're fighting a complacency issue right now," Congressman Kevin Cramer said during a recent segment on my radio show, expressing concern that too many political observers have declared his campaign victorious before the votes are even tallied.
For weeks now Democrats have been critical of Congressman Kevin Cramer for not agreeing to more debates with Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. Cramer gets a lot of credit for being one of the most accessible political leaders in North Dakota. The guy hands out his personal cell phone numbers to reporters in the state (and sometimes even lowly bloggers), and some of those reporters have spoken to me about it with a degree of amazement at their ability to text him directly for comment or to schedule interviews.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she disagrees with erstwhile presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s claim in a CNN interview that, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
MINOT, N.D. — As Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend mobs of angry protesters sowed chaos in our nation's capital. For the sin of not treating uncorroborated accusations as gospel, these left wing activists promised they are going to take the gloves off. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot, along with two others, on a baseball field in Virginia last year by a man enraged by politics. Senator Rand Paul was assaulted while raking leaves in his backyard. He had difficulty breathing for months afterward.
Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush . The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which the Chicks’ musical career never really recovered.
MINOT, N.D.—By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won't hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The mean-spirited, thoroughly repugnant crusade against Kavanaugh by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's political party has created a backlash which has damaged her re-election campaign.
Earlier this week we got polling, commissioned by local NBC affiliates, which indicated that Republican Kevin Cramer was leading Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by 10 points in North Dakota’s Senate race. Bolstering that poll’s credibility is a second poll commissioned by Fox News which indicates that Cramer is beating Heitkamp by 12 points. The full polling memo is below, but here’s the key result:
Throughout this election North Dakota Democrats, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign specifically, have attacked Congressman Kevin Cramer for employing his wife as campaign manager.
MINOT, N.D.—According to polling commissioned by North Dakota NBC news affiliates and released this week, Congressman Kevin Cramer is leading incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp by 10 points, 51 to 41 percent with 8 percent undecided.
From late summer in 2016 to mid-winter in 2017 south central North Dakota was inundated by violent anti-pipeline activists. Those extremists instigated violent conflict with law enforcement. They destroyed property. They harassed pipeline workers and citizens living in the region. All the while their activities were bolstered by Democratic President Barack Obama who refused to close down protests illegally established on federal land and refused to take action to facilitate completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.