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Two Republican candidates emerge to challenge Cramer

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. File photo / Forum News Service

BISMARCK — Two Republican candidates have filed paperwork in recent days to challenge U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.

DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, Feb. 6. Cramer easily defeated him for the Republican endorsement at the 2016 state convention.

Meanwhile, a campaign committee for Tiffany Abentroth filed a statement of organization in late January. A biography emailed by the campaign says she's from Cummings, N.D., is in the Marine Corps reserves and works for a "contracting firm under the Department of Defense as an intelligence analyst."

In a Q&A shared by the campaign, Abentroth called for a "fresh perspective" in Washington.

Cramer, first elected to Congress in 2012, also faces a challenge from Democrat Ben Hanson, a former state lawmaker.

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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